Posted by: Baby Blue | 2005/06/14


Breast Feeding

Will I be able to breast feed my baby (due end October) if I have had a breast reduction, 10 years ago. Also what can I do now to get my nipples ready, will it help if my husband suckles on it? One is inverted? thanks

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I am sure that you will be able to breast feed. Breast reduction should not interfere with this.You will get excellent advice from a maternity nurse or La Leche - ask for this advice.

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Posted by: Purple | 2005/06/15

I just checked the gynae forum and there is a breast feeding link to archive articles, you dont need to type breast feeding into the search box.

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Posted by: Purple | 2005/06/15

On the nipples. Inverted nipples should pop out once baby is feeding. The baby latches on the whole areola and not just the nipple.

You need to ensure a good latch for successful feeding.

I read something in the latest Living and Loving on drawing your nipples out.

My mother breast fed three children with inverted nipples, so I think if you're getting good advice and help from an expert it shouldn't be a problem.

Your nipples don't need any special preparation for feeding - its what they are designed for. Don't scrub them or anything like that - you will damage them and make feeding painful.

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Posted by: Purple | 2005/06/15

I had a breast reduction 12 years ago and have breast fed my baby - he is 16 months and is still being breast fed.

You need help from a breast feeding expert. Sparkies advice on the la Leche League is great, you can also contact a lactation consultant. The directory at the back of most pregnancy and baby magazines has numbers for lactation consultants and La Leche League listed by area.

If you read the current issue of Your Pregnancy, my article on feeding my son after a breast reduction is in there.

Basically, the most important thing is that your baby gets enough milk and is thriving, so this might mean that you have to top up with a bit of formula (I had to).

Get yourself the very best electric breast pump that you can afford because you will need to express - A LOT.

You have to maximise the potential amount of milk your body can produce, so you need to demand feed your baby and you need to express for a few minutes directly after feeds.

You also get a device called an SNS - supplementary nutrition system. You tape little tubes to your nipple which are attached to a bottle of expressed milk or formula, so that while baby gets the complimentary feed, they are stimulating your breats to produce more milk.

Breast feeding is about so much more than the milk.

It is an amazing experience and I am so glad that I have breast fed (that is probably why I'm still feeding my son and am reluctant to stop. I haven't expressed since he was 12 months old as he drinks cows milk now, and just has comfort suckles from me at bed time and if he falls when he is swinging on his changing mat or climbing on the dining room furniture).

I've been in your situation, so if you need any words of encouragement, please feel free to mail me on purple804 at hotmail dot com.

The signs that your baby is getting enough milk:
-puts on enough weight each week
-has 6-8 wet nappies and 2-5 poo nappies in 24 hours
-is generally happy and content and settles well.

If you go onto the gynaedoc forum and type the word "breastfeeding" into the search the archives section, you will see a lot of postings on breast feeding and on breast feeding after breast reduction. There is a lady called Karen on the forum who has also fed after a reduction.

Wishing you a wonderful experience feeding your baby. There are so many amazing benefits for both of you.

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Posted by: Sparkie | 2005/06/14


Why don't you give this lady Tobie Tel: (012) 430 3334 a call. She is from the La Leche Organisation that can assist you with any information in connetion with breastfeeding, nipples and breast reductions issues. I am a member with la leche and they have given me lots of help so far. Good luck

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