February 21st, 2015, 04:45 PM
I have a 15 day old infant that was born full term (41 weeks 2 days) and right away, he latched on to the breast and seemed to feed well for the first few days of life. I have truly flat nipples but have been able to use the breast sandwich technique to get as much tissue into his mouth as possible. For about the first week, we successfully breastfed all feedings even though I had some cracked nipple issues, which have since cleared up.
However, over the past 3-4 days, his latch has been increasingly lazy and shallow, and he seems to be barely sucking at all. He especially hates the left breast - sometimes he will just close his mouth tightly and refuse it. Today, it seems as if he has forgotten how to latch at all, and I have to flange out his lips and work really hard to get his mouth to open wide enough. After that, he spits out the nipple or lets it easily fall out of his mouth at least 7-8 times before he will finally suck a few times and MAYBE feed (active swallowing) for 5 minutes. The latch seems so shallow, even though I am making a concerted effort to put as much breast tissue as I can into his open mouth. Then he will fall asleep for a few minutes and then root furiously, so I attempt to latch him on the other breast and we go through the whole routine again.
It seems like I can feel his tongue constantly pushing against the tip of my nipple in his mouth, which is a sensation that is driving me nuts, but I can't possibly get a deeper latch because...