Re: Latching and staying on!!!!
Wow, I'm surprised that the LC suggested taking the baby off the breast! It's almost always easier to keep a baby on the breast, even if it's in a limited fashion, than to get him back to the breast after a break.
The behavior you describe- taking a couple sucks and then pulling off- is fairly typical for a baby who has gotten lots of bottles, and has come to expect and enjoy them. I think I would want to start by reviewing this link: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html and trying the techniques mentioned in it, especially the skin-to-skin and instant reward techniques. You probably also want to take a look at this one: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/a...e-feeding.html. The techniques mentioned in the second link may help you combat any bottle preference your baby has developed. I personally suggest doing the following to help baby start to associate breast with food:
- when it's time to bottle feed, open your shirt and cuddle baby against your bare breast, to help him associate being held at the breast with eating
- use the slowest-flow bottle nipples possible
- pause the feeding frequently, to get baby used to the fast flow-slow flow rhythm of breastfeeding
- try the SNS again! I know it's frustrating, but it may be worth another try.
- try a nipple shield. Sometimes babies who like bottles also like shields, and that could help you transition back to the breast.
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