Hi all, any help you have would be great! I am haveing two frustrating latching problems with my little girl.
[Background: I’m a first time mom trying… Samantha is now 1 month old but did not begin nursing until recently. We were cup feeding until she was 2 weeks but she kept loosing weight and her doc insisted that we use a bottle. I was upset because I had been trying every single feeding to get her to BF and I worried the bottle would ruined my chances of ever having her BF. A week after being on the bottle she began to BF! She defecates about 8 times a day and urinates about 13 times per day.]
[B]Problem 1:[/B] My daughter keeps trying to include her hand (or more specifically the mitt on her shirt sleeve) in the latch. I struggle to hold her hands away while trying to latch her but she tries to sneak the hand up there while feeding as if to hold the breast. She then begins pushing her hand on the latch and somehow slips the sleeve into the latch without ever breaking the suction. I have tried to let her continue to nurse like this twice now thinking to my self “At least she is nursing now.” My nipple is supersensitive to her shirt sleeves to the point that if she touches it I jump in pain.
Problem 2: While nursing she will decide that she sees or hears something on the other side of the room (this is my guess of what she is doing). While still latched she will quickly try to turn her head or pull back taking my nipple with her. She is only a month old but has a very strong jaw and sucking power. I can only imagine this will get much worse as she gains even more control of her head. I try to hold her head still but I am afraid to hold it too tight because her skull is so soft and fragile. I have tried nursing in the closet to rule out any possible distractions but she still did it.
I am mostly using the cross cradle and football hold. I can't seem to firure out the laying down one yet. Now that I finally have her nursing I do not want her to stop but it is frustrating and quite painful. Thanks in advance for any wisdom you have to share.