Paci to Soothe
I have a 2 week old infant girl, who was born with an ASD and a VSD (heart murmurs), but she feeds like a champ. Recently, she spends about 30/45 minutes on each breast as a feeding session, but towards the end of the 2nd breast - she literally knocks out. The minute I break her latch, all hell breaks loose. I put her back on, she falls immediately back to sleep - to the point where milk is just sitting in her mouth, even at time coming out of her nose. I've tried skin to skin to calm her and it doesn't work, it's like she needs something in her mouth in order to calm her.
The NICU nurse gave us a soothie paci and mentioned that she had noticed that even taking almost 4 ounces (at 5 days old) that she was still needing something in her mouth. And asked if she could use the paci, because even when she gave her expressed breastmilk, she wouldn't drink it, and just let it sit in her mouth.
I started using the paci yesterday to comfort her during these times, she'll suckle on the paci for a few seconds and just leave it in her mouth, but the minute it falls or leaves her mouth, she wigs out. There is no nipple confusion, but I want to know if I'm doing the right thing? I've tried different methods to soothe her, but unless there's something in her mouth, she won't be happy. Two days ago she was on both my breast for 3hrs straight, and she almost choked on the milk just sitting in her mouth.
Any suggestions would be helpful!
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