Yesterday, 12:29 PM
Radrad8888, you are not alone! I am so glad you commented because this stuff is hard. Your baby is SO young, with so much time to learn, I think the odds of success for you must be very high. You're still at the stage where it seems like almost everyone is trying to resolve some issue or other.
Maddieb, thanks so much for your sympathy and advice. I'm happy to update that all of a sudden, on Thursday baby started making SO much progress, being willing to switch sides multiple times, open his mouth to latch, and even start doing full feedings at the breast. (I'm testing whether he gets enough by seeing if he will take a bottle when he seems done, or whether he keeps his mouth shut, and sometimes it's one, sometimes the other.) He went from taking 19-20 oz of expressed milk per day on average, to taking only 11.5 yesterday, and only 3 since midnight last night. I could not be more thrilled!
I don't think it's anything I did, either - I went to a support group to get help with laid back positioning and nipple shield use, but he's still not interested in either of those most of the time. It seems to be all him, maybe he did hit that 6-8 week progress and just start figuring it out. I hope this means that an end is in sight.
One last question: I'd been pumping after almost every feeding, an average of 9-11 times a day, to keep my supply up and get milk for his bottles, because when he was 2 weeks old he was not transferring milk well and my suply was low. The LC at the...