Hello to all. I am new to this site.. Mother of 3, ages 3 1/2, 19 months and 5 weeks.
So let me preface my need with this: I am not a fan of breastfeeding. I do it only because I know it is what's best for my baby. I suffered through 6 weeks of inexperienced breastfeeding with my oldest, only got through 1 week with my second, but here I am DETERMINED to last it out to at least 3 months with my third. I have been breastfeeding exclusively for 5 weeks. I am quite proud of myself for not giving up yet.
Here is my problem... My son, who's 5 weeks today, has over the past couple days lost his latch. I have continuously worked with him each feeding to get him to latch on correctly. I have worked with a lactation consultant since day 1 to ensure our success. But today has been so difficult. No matter how wide he opens his mouth he still ends up only getting my nipple in his mouth. I pull him off and try again time and time again each feeding, but to very little avail. I am not doing anything differently. The one or two times he has actually gotten a good latch (today) is still no comfort.. He seems to be doing something weird with his tongue and my nipple. This is the part of breastfeeding that I don't like... The nipple stimulation. So it has been very hard for me today. I don't know what he's doing or how to fix it.. But if he doesn't correct himself I don't know that I can hang in there much longer. Which is frustrating. I've come this far and have worked hard to get here and I don't want to have to stop breastfeeding over something like this.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.