Synopsis: LO born Sep 1- 10 day old. Vaginal and no complications..except induced at 38 weeks and 3 days due to previous stillbirth. Strained myself during labor and spiked a small fever so in hospital for 2 days- just for observation.
Birthweight- 7 pounds 1 ounce.
Nursing like a champ , good latch and everything.
Second day of hosp visit in the night... a nurse checked LO right aftr breastfeeding session and found that his temp was slightly higher. Snooty female told us to stop cradling him and put him in the crib (which he wasn't liking) and asked us to give him a paci if he cried (since I couldn't take his crying). We were against pacis.. but she said doc might ask for blood draws for infection checks if temp continues to be higher after an hour. So - a frazzled us..after 3 nights of no sleep thought..what the hey and gave an hour of paci.
We come home and on the way back (30 mins drive..we give him paci again.. for some time). And once more when he acted frantic at my breast (just before milk came in that night). Our fault.
After that found that his latch was painful and nips were bleeding. He kept popping my nipples out or chomping on them. So called an LC. She found two things - One- tooo large breasts and he has a small mouth and a tight jaw. So she suggested football hold (made complete sense) and occ.therapy for tight jaw.
Our LO is an impatient guy - flew into purple rage to the point of stopping breathing a couple of times 'cos he gets impatient at the breast. LC suggested sometimes to pacify him with a bottle of expressed milk to calm him down. Did it a few times (used avent nipples from our daughter's stash..'cos no time to shop)
Now we think he has gotten used to the fast flow of milk. He is refusing to nurse constantly (meaning he will nurse a couple of sessions and some sessions he will just sleep....also 10th day and baby is still sleepy...sleepy....sleepy).
Don't know what I should do. Tried Jack newman's cup method to feed but he still gulped it down and flew into a madddd rage when we tried to slow the flow. I think all this LC handling has also stressed him out.
I don;t know what I should do anymore.... pump and feed him? And continue the vicious cycle? Feel supply is dwindling...letdowns are taking longer (which is again making him go into the 'purple rage situation')
Devastated. How do I train my LO to nurse and not nod off at the breast.
Oh- saw the occ.threrapist..who said he had no tight jaw and he actually nursed very well in the offiuce and she said he had no problems.
But I can see the problem. Sleepy baby..doesn't want to nurse..is going hungry until we are forced into supplementing him.
Am afraid of ALL methods of supplementing now..including SNS... want to just offer breast and have him do what should come naturally.................am giving myself a week for the situation to improve. :'(((((((((((((((
His weight yesterday was 6 pounds 13 ounce. Lowest was 6 pounds 7 ounce. Poops and pees good.. but we were also bottle feeding - remember. Am afraid if I stop...and wait for him to take the breast.. he may actually dwindle at his 2-week appointment
Don't want to go to anymore LC appointments... feel am stressing him out..with them measuring, prodding, checking his latch , unlatching him, forcing his head , etc..
Sorry for rambling but am at the end of my tether.....HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!