My son is 8 days old today. We started breastfeeding right away and it was going great until about 2 days ago. For the last 2 nights, my son has been refusing to nurse from about 1am - 7am. I try to put him to breast and he will latch, maybe suck a couple times then throw a fit. He will scream and cry and shake his head. He may still try to relatch a few times, but he won't nurse. Last night I tried for almost 2 hours to get him to nurse. I finally gave up and he fell back asleep. His diaper was dry. I got him to nurse successfully (after trying for about 30 minutes) at 7am. He then nursed again at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am. He woke up and was acting hungry at around 12:45pm, but then did the whole refusal, screaming/crying thing. So I just stopped and he went back to sleep. It is now 2:15pm and it has been a little over 3 hours since he last nursed. Isn't this too long? Shouldn't he be nursing every 2-3 hours? I will say that he does seem to do worse if I wake him and try to feed him. But how long should I let him go? At what point to I pump and give him a bottle?
I am at my wits end. I feel like I am failing him. I want so badly for breast feeding to work! We had some inital latching issues, worse on the left, and my nipple has a large crack in it. But I think we have fixed that problem for the most part. I usually only have pain during the initial latch for about 20-30 seconds and then nursing is relatively pain free.
I spoke with my LC on the phone today and she gave me a few tips and tricks to try. They aren't working so far. I see her in person again on Tuesday.
Thanks for your help!