He sucks beautifully on the bottle and loves the pacifier (which I am trying to drastically cut back since he's still not nursing). We have had several sessions of him latching and nursing for 10-15minutes, including one time at 1 week at the doctor's office when we used the lactation scale and he'd gotten 68 cc's from the breast! Things went downhill since then and he became more and more upset at the breast. He's a very easy newborn (I'm a postpartum doula so I've seen lots) and really only cries when something specific is wrong. But when he is hungry he FREAKS out.
I'm working with an IBCLC who is encouraging me to take it slow and offer the breast only when he's relaxed and/or half full. We are doing lots of Skin to skin and I'm trying to reduce paci use.
He doesn't appear to have anything wrong with his mouth, his tongue touches the top of his mouth when he cries. He is perfectly capable of gaping wide for the bottle.
Anybody else experience this? It seems to be a personality/frustration tolerance thing. He just doesn't want to work for it!
As everybody who has done it knows, the pumping/feeding/attempting to nurse cycle is exhausting. I'm supposed to start watching my 7 month old niece again at 6 weeks and I'm terrified that I'll never be able to take care of both of them and keep my supply up with pumping. Tell me this is going to get better!