Yesterday, 08:02 PM
Hello, I have a concern about my 5 week old baby not nursing. When he was born, I had an emergency C-section, which led to my milk coming in a little later than anticipated. Ever since the hospital stay, my son has not liked being breastfed, I believe mostly because at the time, nothing was coming out fast enough for him and he would fight me a lot. Because of exhaustion and not liking hearing his tummy growl, I started to supplement formula until my milk came in. Even as my milk came in, he would still fight me and it was always easier to supplement to make sure he had some food, however, I would always pump. The only thing is I would pump 1-2 oz each session and it is still the same amount. I was thinking I had low milk supply, but they feel very heavy even after pumping, so I just think that my let-down doesn't happen while pumping. Only time I had my let-downs is when he wouldn't fight so hard to breastfeed.
I like to think I can still try to nurse bc he does still root around and try to go for my breasts when he's hungry (unless that's just purely instinct). I'm not sure if it's because my nipples aren't long enough for him or what... it does seem like they easily slip out of his mouth when he's not sucking and is just sitting there.
I would love to stop supplementing and strictly breastfeed/pump. It's something I hold emotionally high and I have a strong sense of guilt of not being able to do this right :(. Is it too late to try to get him to breastfeed and...