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breastfeeding with a recessed chin
« on: March 12, 2006, 07:54:29 am »
Hi Ladies,

My friend is having a lot of trouble breastfeeding her 1 week old who has a recessed chin.  Does anyone have any suggestions/tips I could pass on to her?  She said he won't latch on properly most of the time but when he does he doesn't seem to know what to do. His recessed chin seems to be the problem. She also has a low supply and is having to use the electric pump every 2 hours and is gradually building up her supply but is finding this really exhausting.  At the moment she is supplement feeding with formula and is just about ready to chuck it in and put him on the bottle.  She sounds so exhausted and is feeling like a failure. :( Has anyone else had trouble feeding a baby with a recessed chin?

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Re: breastfeeding with a recessed chin
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2006, 08:17:23 am »
I haven't had trouble with a recessed chin, it was me (inverted nipples :-[ ) I had loads of problems trying to get them all to latch on.
Has your friend tried feeding in different positions? One of the best ones was holding the baby in my right arm,on a pillow so i didn't get arm ache, and suppotring his head with my right hand and holding  underneath my armpit and feeding from the right boob, then the same with the left breast. If you get me  ???

Or when he's about to latch on pull his chin down so his mouth is a bit wider :-\
Hope this helps :-\
Tell your friend she's not a failure though, IMO b/f  is really quite hard, even when your on your 3rd!!
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Re: breastfeeding with a recessed chin
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2006, 14:26:07 pm »
As her baby is so young and it sounds like her future breastfeeding is in question I would really recommend she speak to a breastfeeding counsellor/lactation consultant. Would you be able to pass on some of the phone numbers from the stickys on this page? Fixing a tricky latch or dealing with a physical problem is very hard to do alone. Did the hospital where she gave birth have any breastfeeding service? Ideally someone needs to watch her feed to advise her fully. It's good she has your support.
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