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Started BF at 18 weeks

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Annasmummy38 Fri 08-Apr-16 21:31:30

My daughter was quite small at birth, and had difficulty latching onto my breasts from the start.
I felt inadequate (particularly when we were re-admitted to hospital at 5 days because she had lost 12% of her birth weight). Bottles and some formula were introduced at this point, which was a bit of a relief.
I continued to express, and my daughter was almost exclusively fed EBM until week 18. (I did periodically try BF with a nipple shield, but she would feed, then take the usual amount from the bottle, so this seemed pointless).
Anyway, at week 18 my pump stopped working, I ordered another, but would have to wait 2 days.
When baby woke in the morning, I fed her the small amount of EBM I'd been able to express the night before. This was insufficient, and my breasts were aching so I tried BF with a nipple shield. This was successful, and we haven't looked back! After 2 days we discarded the nipple shields.
The only downside is that she won't take a bottle at all now!

Key points to remember:
Full breasts
Nipple shields are not evil!

I was encouraged to write this, by my husband, and the health visitor. When my pump broke, I couldn't find any info on starting BF late, so I hope that this may help someone. x

Casmama Fri 08-Apr-16 21:34:32

How lovely that it has worked out for you and good idea to post for others.

ItsLikeRainOnYourWeddingDay Fri 08-Apr-16 22:10:47


LittlePeasMummy1 Fri 08-Apr-16 22:19:29

That's brilliant. Thanks for posting, it's great to hear that this is possible.

elvislives2012 Fri 08-Apr-16 22:26:53

Well done! Lovely to hear xxx

KP86 Fri 08-Apr-16 22:27:42

My DS was also a late feeder, he finally latched properly at 9 weeks after one evening I couldn't be bothered getting a bottle organised so I thought 'fuck this, boob or nothing' and he did, no arguments.

The next morning I got around 700ml out of each breast when I expressed. Ouch!

It is possible. He continued to have bottle or breast, depending what was on offer. Always expressed milk as he had a cow's milk allergy which he has thankfully mostly outgrown.

KP86 Fri 08-Apr-16 22:28:20

I should also say, well done for keeping up expressing for so long, it takes many hours from your day!

Glad you have it sorted now. Such a good feeling smile

MyDarlingWhatIfYouFly Fri 08-Apr-16 22:29:58

Amazing! So glad it all worked out well for you in the end.

MadameJosephine Fri 08-Apr-16 22:30:52

Fabulous! Well done smile

Fwaffy Fri 08-Apr-16 22:31:01

That's fantastic! Thanks for sharing and well done to you bothflowers

FeckingTwatBadger Fri 08-Apr-16 22:34:01

Amazing you kept expressing for so long. Good for you! (And great for baby, of course!)

CaptainCorellisBanjo Fri 08-Apr-16 22:35:23

Well done - that's lovely to read. Best of luck to you and your baby

pollylovespie Fri 08-Apr-16 22:36:50

Fantastic! And hats off to you for pumping for 18 weeks, so pleased it paid off for you!

Flossiesmummy Fri 08-Apr-16 22:38:10

Kudos. You should be very proud smilechocolatecake

Annasmummy38 Fri 08-Apr-16 22:57:47

Not to mention all the time spent washing and sterilising bottles too!

Thanks for all the lovely comments. x

dontcryforme Fri 08-Apr-16 23:05:10

Lovely post and well done!! I had lots of problems BFing DC1 (pain mainly!) and wish I'd ignored the advice of all the experts who constantly told me not to use nipple shields. I think they could have helped and I wouldn't hesitate to use them in future with any other babies I have.

HairyBoob Sat 09-Apr-16 08:55:50

Amazing. Well done. thanks

SweetElizaRose Sat 09-Apr-16 09:07:02

I wish this could be us! I've been expressing for nearly 16 weeks but dd (prem) still won't latch on. I've given up hope...

KP86 Sat 09-Apr-16 11:47:08

SweetElizaRose, don't give up. It might still happen. Just keep trying every few days, and maybe a couple of feeds in a row. I'm sure you would have, but have you tried a nipple shield?

Ohwoolballs Sat 09-Apr-16 11:52:21

I felt weepy reading this! I am awed! 💙💐

littlejeopardy Sat 09-Apr-16 11:58:43

Congratulations! That's lovely to hear. Thank you for sharing. Nipple Shields is what helped my LO too. I don't know why they are not recommended more often. We attended a lesson on baby feeding before the birth and not once we're nipple Shields mentioned. Such a shame when they can really help babies get started.

GingerAndTheBiscuits Sat 09-Apr-16 12:12:23

I thought of you Eliza when I read this thread having seen your own.

Nice one OP!! I'm in awe of anyone who pumps regularly!

TheKingSits Sat 09-Apr-16 13:16:24

Well done OP! You have inspired me to try weaning off the shields again. Maybe third time lucky... smile they have been a lifesaver for us though and agree with the others they should be recommended a lot more than they currently are!

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