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Expressing Breast Milk for a Baby Who Cannot Latch On

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This post is part of a series of case studies on the Carum Breastpump by Lactation Consultant Marliese Pepe-Truffer (IBCLC) for Ardo. The case studies show how the Carum Hospital-grade Breastpump has been used by mums to help overcome various breastfeeding problems.

The 37-year-old mum gave birth to her first baby – a baby boy. She was helped with her first breastfeeding session in the delivery room. However on the maternity ward, she wasn’t given any further help or information in regard to breastfeeding.

On the 2nd day after the birth the mum had heavily swollen breasts whilst milk was coming in. The areola were so swollen that the baby could no longer latch on and breastfeeding was very painful.

The breastfeeding consultant performed a colostrum massage by hand (obtaining the colostrum by hand). After the massage, she gently pumped using the Carum. The feeling of tension in the right breast eased a bit.

The mother had much more dif?culty with pumping the left breast, but the areola became a little softer. As a result, after pumping the baby was able to latch on that side again and suck ef?ciently.

After breastfeeding, the mother very quickly felt more comfortable. It was a satisfying feeling for her not only to express, but also to be able to breastfeed her baby. Two hours after this procedure, the mum once again expressed brie?y before breastfeeding directly. The baby latched on to her breast without any problems. The mum was able to exclusively breastfeed her son for 6 months, and continued to breastfeed him until 9 months.

Case Study Conclusion

– With massive initial let-down, the combination of pumping with the Carum on one side and simultaneously breastfeeding on the other side can be helpful.

– Pumping brie?y before putting the baby to the breast can also make the areola softer or more ?exible, thus making latching on easier.

– The mum’s well-being improved and her desire to breastfeed was supported.

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