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I'm at my wit's end here.
my son was born at 38w
didn't latch on right after birth.
was taken away from me because he was 'big,' had blood sugars tested, given formula, etc. Yes I'm rolling my eyes.
So he never latched, they kept giving him formula. Then he got jaundiced and I decided to pump him full of it so we could go home sooner (my other son was in the hospital for a week with it, didn't want to do that again) Milk hadn't come in yet.
I tried to latch him every feeding, but he wouldn't. Those bottles they give them require no work at all.
He can suck, he sucks pretty hard on my finger. He does okay with bottles. I am pumping. Supply is NOT an issue for me.
So now I'm trying to get him to latch on. I've decided to stop bottles and I'm nursing, or will feed with a medicine syringe if I stop getting wet diapers.
Problem is, he does not do that wide open mouth thing. If I get him latched, he pushes the nipple to the outside of his mouth and sucks that way, but not strongly. then he gets mad. Then I push the bulk of the nipple in past his gums. Sometimes I get a latch but he never keeps it too long. I'm trying compressions to motivate him and sometimes it works, sometimes not.
And then when I think I got a nice long session with long sucks and some swallows, he comes off screaming in rage and dry diapers later.
Any ideas?? (I don't think an sns will work, any other ideas?)
I think however one of the linked articles hit home re: oral aversions and I will have to stop the "forced latch" I'd been reading so much about.
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