Re: 3 Day old, bad latch and strong suck
Your cousin is indeed fortunate to have your know-how and support.
it is common in the first week of life for newborns to have sub-optimal latching skills, however the more he nurses the better his latching will be.
try not to use the shield b/c the shield is a tool best used for a baby who has imprinted on a artificial teat and now is learning to transition to the breasts.
do you have a copy of the womanly art of breastfeeding? There is advice on positioning that might be useful to your cousin.
Some babies have been known to self correct their awkward latch once the mom's milk comes in.
Help your cousin stay focoused on getting her milk in, help her latch the baby as best as possible.
sometimes moms need to complain and fuss and they need a sympathetic ear while learning to navigate the art of breastfeeding.
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DD#2 April 1988 c/sec
DS#3 April 1990 VBAC
DS#4 June 1993 VB
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