I am a first time mom struggling to BF my 7 day old. The problem is for the last 24 hours I simply CANNOT get him to latch. He has been a fussy latcher, especially in the evening (witching hour I think) but after a few minutes (15 min or so) he would latch on and stay for a feeding (30-45 minutes). Now I cannot get him to latch at all and have had to supplement heavily with formula otherwise he would not have gotten anything.
I had a pretty rough delivery (urgent c-section after 12.5 hours of labor and a problem with anesthesia). While I successfully BF rather quickly post section (less than 2 hours) I did decide he could get formula in the nursery at night as I needed some heavy duty recovery time as well. Throughout our hospital stay he would latch and feed throughout the day, albeit fussy at times, but he would still latch. The LC visited everyday and basically said I was doing everything right, but it would just take some time for Liam to learn - that this was a new thing for both of us.
Once we got home the same pattern continued, until yesterday when he seemed to just stop wanting to latch all together. Sometimes he will latch and suck momentarily and then pull away. He cries, screams and kicks and in turn I cry, cry and cry. I just want to be able to provide for my baby.
Since he does take a bottle well I ordered a Medela PISA yesterday and am just waiting on delivery. I also grabbed a manual pump yesterday evening and started using that. I am giving him whatever I pump before I resort to formula, but I am not getting a lot. I pump until milk stops coming (I think its milk, maybe still colostrum? It is think and yellowish in color in the bottle) and I am only getting 5-10cc at a time. Starting today I am going to pump every 2 hours and see what I get. I want him to have the benefits of breast milk, so if I have to pump instead of nurse I will do that, but I really want to nurse my son effectively.
I should say that I try the football hold, cradle hold, skin to skin and sometimes just let him lay on me and root by himself. Each of these has worked AND not worked on occasion so I am at a loss.
Also, I have tried to drip some formula on my breast to entice him to latch which helped sometimes, and now that I am able to express milk I have been doing that in hopes that he realizes the milk is ready and waiting for him. Again, sometimes this works and sometimes not.
I also plan to call the LC from my hospital this morning.
I appreciate any and all advice that you may have for me. Thank you so much.