Hi! Thank you for the replies!
I took DS to the LC on Monday and that LC wasn't very good. She said he's fine, he's just little so keep using the nipple shield; she kept poking him to keep him sucking and constantly readjusted him, it was so painful for my nipples! The problem is an hour later he took only an ounce of milk, if that
, and the LC saw nothing wrong with that.
I paid out of pocket to see another LC on Tuesday and it was soooo worth it! They really helped to get my son latched without the nipple shield, but my breasts were making it hard to latch so pumping or hand expressing before was needed. Still, the nipple shield was needed but come to find out the one I had is too small. The new one I got fitted for is a lot better and one I can live with it, and helps him latch better.
The LC had an oral therapist look at him as well, becuase we spent a long time nursing with and without the shield and still he barely took a 1/2 oz.
The conclusion is he's not a good sucker; he nibbles and bites and can't make the milk transfer, and they didn't want him to nurse so long that he burns more calories than he takes in. They gave me some exercises to do with the soothie pacifier and my finger, and if I can get my insurance to pay I could take him to a couple oral therapy sessions, which they said is all he'll probably need.
That day I worked with him on sucking and when we went to the breast I could hear lots of "cu" sounds from swallowing that I'd never heard before!
And instead of taking 2 - 2 1/2 oz of milk afterwards he only took 1 1/2, that's progress.
I'm still frustrated because we've only had success a couple of times, and a couple times it was back to 2 oz bottles. But again, it's been when I couldn't work with him on his sucking because he was passed out asleep and was hungry right from waking.
Anyway, I'm really hoping I can see someone about getting him to transfer the milk more efficiently (has anyone else's little one had that problem and been able to overcome it
?). If he is able to do that then I'll work on removing the nipple shield. I am working with him on not using it, but it's not my main priority as just getting him to nurse efficiently.
I appreciate all of the support, I definitely need it.