This is my first thread - so hi ladies!
My LO is 3 1/2 weeks old, we have been using a nipple shield since he was about 8 days old, after having two really rough days getting him to latch. A LC told us in the hospital that he had a high palate, but he was latching fine at the time...then it all went downhill. In a phone conversation with my local LLL Leader, she proposed that he latched better in the beginning based on instinct.
We got a nipple shield and it's been great; not convenient, but he's nursing and that was my fear.
He also gets a bottle of breast milk once every other day or so (DH feeds him so I can sleep, or his Grandma will while we both nap).
I have made mild attempts to wean him from the nipple shield, half way through nursing once or twice a day...but today we've been starting each session without the shield and so far so good.
My question is this (but thought you may need some background)...he nurses anywhere from 40 min - 90 minutes. Sometimes even 2 hours!
He has ALL the signs of receiving enough milk, and I don't mean to "complain" about him being a slow eater...but I am terrified to take him out of the house unless he's tanked up beforehand, because I can't realistically nurse him anywhere for an hour! Not to mention, I'm a first time mother, and nursing in public is already an anxiety that I have to work on...
And this long-winded feeding requirement impedes the idea of a scheduled appointment somewhere, like a Dr. appointment, etc.
I am on another forum with Mom's who have my same birth month (june 2012)...and some moms are questioning that their babies only feed for 5 - 10 minutes every few hours, but also show signs of receiving enough milk. I'm honestly envious of their babies efficiency.
Is this something that will come with age, or should I prepare myself that he's always going to be slow? Is there anything I should be concerned about or watching out for with him?
I read somewhere (don't remember where) that it can be bad for them to take so long to eat because they're burning so many calories spending so much time trying to nurse...
I am going back to work in 4 1/2 weeks, am trying to pump a little each day to freeze up, and his long winded nursing sessions take a lot of the opportunity away it seems.
Thanks in advance for your support