I understand that babies get growth spurts but I don't understand whats going on with my son.
He is 6 weeks...almost 7. The past two days if he isn't being held by someone, he is screaming his head off. He is awake most of the day and never napping like he used to. (he used to nurse, be awake for a little bit, sleep for 2-3 hours. then nurse...etc)
He has a dry diaper, clean onesie, i'll nurse him and nurse him and he'll eat and fall asleep (like usual) I'll then put him in his swing and the moment he leaves my arms, he starts crying and won't stop. I understand that he needs to be held but i gotta get stuff done! i need to eat and can't constantly have him at the breast.
I've tried giving him his pacifier (which he only takes when he's in the mood) He'll suck for a few minutes, spit it out, and start wailing.
I feel horrible for doing this but i just put him in his swing where he'll cry for 10-15 mins and then fall asleep. I'm not trying to do the "cry it out" thing but until i get a sling or baby carrier, its the only option i have.
I wouldn't mind nursing him for long periods but he has never really gotten latching down right. It ALWAYS hurts! I've maybe gotten him to latch well 3 times and it felt so good, that i understood why women like to breastfeed.
He only seems to be latching on at the base of the nipple. His lips are flanged but his mouth is closed at the base. My nipple is always pointy like lipstick and usually has a ridge on one side. I've tried the "breast sandwich" and numerous potitions. The one i've had the most success with is the cross cradle hold. I've been to two LC's at WIC and they are confused as to how he is latching and are trying to get me to meet with a IBCLC.
On top of the nipple pain, sometimes when my son nurses, he'll suck for a while and then cry and pull back on me. At first I thought it was due to an overactive letdown and so I would take him off and let it spray into a towel and I also did some laid back nursing but he still acts the same.
So i think "okay, he just wants to suck and is getting mad because of the milk" I give him a paci but again he spits it out and cries.
I don't think its colic or gas because he is fine if my husband or I hold him but like i said, i need to put him down sometimes.
So, any ideas? especially as to how to get him to get a better latch? Just any hints or tips would help. I used a nipple shield for the first month, got a severe thrush infection and now i don't want to use a nipple shield any longer (been without it for 2 weeks now!)
I don't have a lot of extra money to pay someone to come out to my house to help.