Help! Is it too late to correct my Baby's Nipple Confusion? Here is the background:
My baby girl will be 2 weeks old on Wednesday. She nursed just fine from me in the hospital. The first evening home from the hospital, baby went almost 24 hours without urinating and she was extremely upset (my milk hadn't quite come in yet). We called the pediatrician and he told us to give her a bottle of formula or expressed milk immediately as she was not getting enough to eat. Since then, SHE REFUSES TO NURSE!! Every time I try to nurse her, she puts her mouth around my breast but won't actually latch. Then has a total melt down and cries until her voice becomes hoarse. It kills me!! I am heart broken as I'm a huge believer in Breast Feeding. All I do is cry. It's now been about 9 days since we've been giving her bottles w/formula. The last successful BF session I had with her was 7 days ago. I all but gave up and was extremely depressed. I even went to a Lactation Consultant who suggested a nipple shield but that did no good as my baby couldn't suck any milk thru the shield. My Milk (even when engorged) doesn't exactly "spray" out like other Mom's say. I can hand express it but its only a slow drip - not a spray. Yesterday morning I decided I was not going to give up. I began pumping to get my milk flow stimulated again. I also started taking Fenugreek Supplements to increase my milk supply so I have a strong "arsenal" ready when I try my first attempt again. Any suggestions?? Have I let this go on too long and there is no way to reverse it at this point?? I know I need to stop the use of the bottles immediately but I want my milk supply to be as high as possible so I can be ready just in case I can get her to latch again.