I am at a complete loss right now, My newborn was born last monday. The first few days of nursing were tiring but successful. He was latching pretty good and my milk came in quickly and we were off to a good start.
Starting two days ago, he will not latch! he roots around and starts sucking his hands, everytime i try to latch him on he'll suck for a bit and then pull away and get really fussy and start putting his hands in his mouth then try to latch again but on his own. so i will try to relatch him and he will just refuse even though he really seems to want to nurse.
at first the problem was bearable, it would take me about 20 minutes before he would latch properly and start feeding but now its gotten to the point, where this morning he would not latch even after an hour. I knew that he was hungry because he hadn't gotten much to eat during the night so i gave him a little bit of formula via a dropper to satisfy him. that really helped. I also noticed that during nursing he would be really gassy and get hiccups a lot. He has not taken in bottles or pacifiers. i have avoided all artificial nipples.
does anyone have any advice on this? im going to start pumping because im afraid of losing my milk supply. plus if i start pumping, i can at least give him my milk instead of formual. im going to a la leche league meeting tonight so im hoping there will be some help there but in the meantime maybe someone on this forum can help me. Im really trying to make this work but its really frustrating, also would like to mention that my nipples are incredibly sore right now from relatching. i really dont know what to do right now. thank you in advance for your help