Re: Need help! poor latch? Sleepy feeder, snacker, not effic
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby and on making it to 4 weeks of breastfeeding!
First, let's forget about what the hospital LC said about your baby's latch. What the latch looks like from the outside matters much less than what it feels like on the inside. So, how does it feel when your baby does latch on and nurse? Is it comfortable, or are you in pain? And if you're in pain, please describe when it happens and what it feels like.
Second, what got you into bottles in the first place? Was there a problem, and if so, what was it? Or was this more of a choice, perhaps a daily bottle for dad or a bottle to get your baby used to it, for when you return to work? The reason I ask is that if bottles entered your life by choice, it will be easier to put them aside for a while.
Now, on to your list.
First, how do you know your baby is "not efficient at the breast"? Was there a problem with diaper output or weight gain?
Second, how are you responding when your baby falls asleep at the breast? What would happen if you let him go to sleep and set him down- would he wake up again very soon thereafter?
Third, snacking and associating the breast with comfort. Both are entirely normal. Snacking is a normal feeding pattern for a young baby. Most kids require snacks until well into childhood- the snacks just change from being breastmilk to being goldfish crackers or whatever. Do you feel like your baby ONLY uses the breast for comfort, or does he also nurse for nutrition? Or is nutrition primarily coming from bottles?
Fourth, can you describe the latch a little more? What makes you think it's not good?
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