My baby had a hole in the heart and was too tired to breastfeed

by Jenna
(Toronto)

When my daughter was born she was diagnosed with a hole in her heart. This made her really sleepy. We tried to breastfeed but it was really difficult to get enough milk into her.


I tried a few different lactation consultants before I found someone who really helped (I definitely recommend trying a few if you find that the first one doesn't help much). Finally I was encouraged to line feed. This involved have some expressed breast milk in a bottle over my shoulder with a small tube going down towards my breast. When my baby latched on I would then make sure the little tube was going into the corner of her mouth so that she would be getting a bit more milk without having to suck so hard.

It was still very difficult, and there were a lot of tears, both from me and from my baby but my husband was a wonderful support and somehow we got through it together.

After her third operation she finally had enough energy to really feed properly without the supplementation of a line and we are finally able to breastfeed normally now.

So I'd say to anyone who is in this situation - you don't have to go for bottle feeding if you don't want to. There are ways of making sure your baby gets enough milk. Find yourself a good lactation consultant and you can do it!

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Unwell babies breastfeeding do need a little help
by: Rebecca

What a full on time for you.

I certainly agree that this situation needs a lactation consultants help. and lots of support from those around you.

Line feeding is an excellent choice and anyone reading this can learn more about a supplemental nursing system on the hypoplastic breasts page (even though this is not what your problem is).

Line feeding is a way of supplementing without foregoing the intimacy of breastfeeding and wil also help your breasts produce more milk.


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