Hi! My name is Carly and I am currently trying to nurse my second child. She was born last Thursday. With DS, I tried to nurse in the hospital but he had latching problems and I gave up on our first night home when he screamed all night because he was hungry. Before DD was born, I decided that I was determined to nurse. Right after she was born, I tried to nurse her and she would try to latch but couldn't and so she cried for the first hour of her life. I was still going to try so the nurse brought me a breast shield and she latched right away. At the hospital, she would nurse for a few min (maybe 10) and then fall asleep. We tried everything and she would just be out cold until the next feeding. I also got her to latch to the nipple for one feeding (both nipples) at the hosptial but then she had trouble so we went back to the shield. When we came home we still had the falling asleep problem. We took her to be weighed on Monday and she had lost 10% of her birth weight and was not having wet diapers so the doc wanted me to supplement every other feeding with 1 oz of formula. I was really upset so I went into overdrive drinking water and mother's milk tea. She did great. She was nursing for at least 30 min every three hours and not falling asleep at all. When we went yesterday she had gained 4 oz in 19 hours! I was so happy! Then yesterday the falling asleep started again. She would only nurse for a few min. and then deep sleep. Most of the time she will stay latched but will not suck. Anyway, last night she nursed on and off (mostly on) for 50 min but was rooting really badly. I tried a pacifier and putting her back on the breast. She would fall asleep and then wake up rooting like crazy again. Finally I gave her some formula and she went to sleep. The next feeding, she was super fussy at the breast and wouldn't latch at all so we gave her formula. Then this morning she latched fine but is back to only going 5 min and then falling asleep. She is wanting to nurse every hour or so but then falls asleep. Her last feeding was about an hour ago and she would not stay latched at all just screamed. My DH finally took her and gave her some formula (1.5 oz) and then she was fine. I have gotten her to take my nipple without the shield again a couple of times but she will only suck a few times and then let go. I really want this to work but don't know if I can take this. I am afraid that I am not making enough to fill her up. I know she is only a week old but will she start taking the breast better without falling asleep? If I keep using the shield will she never take my nipple without them? I need some encouragement ladies! The LC at the hospital is out due to surgery and I have no one to turn to. I want this to work so badly but can't bear to hear her watch her fuss like that at my breast. Sorry this is so long. It is the first time I have let this all out. Thanks!