Trying to get my 2nd baby to nurse and having a tough time. She's two-wks tomorrow and our current routine is:
Every three hours, I use a shield (small, flat-ish nipples) to nurse her. She'll usually latch and suck for 15-20 minutes, sometimes getting fussy and/or sleepy on and off. I do compressions for most of the session as she usually gets fussy when I don't. I follow-up each nursing session with a bottle (pediatrician's recommendation to insure weight gain), which she has happily taken every time but once. She proceeds to drink anywhere from 2-3.5 oz from the bottle. Once she's done, I make sure she's settled and I pump the breast that she nursed at.
Some background facts:
-My supply is good and I have extensive experience using a shield, as my first baby needed one for almost 5 months before being able to nurse without it.
-First baby had bad silent reflux which caused most of our breast-feeding problems. So far have not seen same signs with 2nd baby.
The current process takes at least an hour, if not longer, and I'm not sure I can do it for more than another week or two. If she's not full-on nursing and getting enough by the end of her first month, I might have to convert to bottle-feeding and pumping, which I really don't want to do. I have talked with a lactation consultant over the phone but have not pulled the (expensive) trigger of scheduling a visit with her, as I'm on a tight budget. The LC suggested I not go much longer without seeing someone and finding out how much the baby is getting at the breast. While I understand this, I'm wondering if there is anything I can do on my own before paying for the appointment. I do have a baby scale (not the fancy-schmancy type the LC has, but measures to the .5oz) and am willing to try anything to get breastfeeding going full-force.
Thanks for any advice/tips in advance.