Quick introduction of myself. I have been married for 3 years and have two boys. Jackson is two and a half and Gage is three months old. I nursed Jackson and am currently nursing Gage.
Oh my goodness I have just about had it! This baby is so much different from my first. Jackson nursed reall well and for long periods of time. Unfortunately I had to go back to work and lost my milk at five months. Gage on the other hand has been a bit of a challenge. He was born with Myoclonus of Early Infancy and was in the hospital for the first week of his life. While there, he wouldn't nurse. We were having issues after we got home from delivery and were scheduled to go into lactation the next day but then ended up back in the hospital. While we were there they suggested bottle feeding since he wouldnt nurse but still needed the nurtrition. I pumped and fed him and was able to keep my milk that way. After we got home, he seemed to nurse ok though he would only nurse for a few minutes at a time so I had to constantly pump after feedings so I could keep my milk supply (I have a fear of losing it early like I did with Jackson). Anyway, a week and a half ago, Gage got his first two teeth. During his teething he slowed his eating (I guess because he was in pain) and now that he has his teeth, he is chewing on me.
My question is this...I have tried the stern "NO" and pulling him off of the breast, but that doesn't seem to be working. He will eat ok for the first five minutes of the first side but then starts to chew on my nipple and wont eat from the second side. That leaves me to pump again like I was in the beginning. Any suggestions on how to get him to stop chewing and to eat a bit longer would be appreciated.
He is eating about every three-three and a half hours. If I let him sleep and wake up on his own he would go HOURS (like 5+) so I choose to wake him. I tried a 4 hour schedule for a while but found that my milk reduced a bunch. HE is sleeping through the night now as well.
Thanks for any help you can give!