My son will be 8 weeks old on Monday. As of today, he has only latched using the nipple shield. And that only works 80% of the time. At this point I think it just won’t happen for us. I have tried skin to skin and removing the shield after a few minutes of sucking. He refuses the nipple every time.
To give you an idea, every feeding I try nursing on his favorite side with the nipple shield. He nurses on that side for about 30 minutes or until he falls asleep. I then try switching sides and he completely freaks out and refuses to switch even with the shield. So I try putting him back on the first side and he refuses. So I give him formula. I then pump and I get about as much as I would if he had not nursed. This makes me think he is not removing milk with the shield. So I try without the shield and if I even get him to latch he sucks maybe three times and then screams and sucks on his fist.
Is it too late for him to “get it”? I thought we would be nursing by now and the thought that I will fail at breastfeeding for the second time (I only lasted 3 weeks with my first) breaks my heart. I doesn’t help that I have PCOS which is affecting my milk supply.
I am also taking a bunch of supplements and medication to increase my supply along with pumping at least every time he feeds and I am only able to pump one ounce at most each session. I feel like my body is failing him and it scares me to think that I really cannot breastfeed. And advice or words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated.