Hello, I'm new to LLLI! My son is 4 weeks old (he's my first), and he's had latching issues since day one. I have short/semi-flat nipples and he was born at 37 weeks and was 5 lb 12 oz. he wasn't able to latch on at the hospital and the LC gave me a nipple shield to use. When He was born he immediately wanted to nurse but they wouldn't let me feed him because he had a lot of fluid in his lungs, and after 5 min with him they took him away and had him hooked up to machines all day with an IV. Before they brought him to me that night, they gave him a bottle of formula without my consent... I was livid! I wonder if this screwed up my bf from the start.
Anyway, he's been using a nipple shield and is gaining weight fantastically. However, he'd ALWAYS takes 1 to 2 hours to eat, and our cluster feeding usually lasts 4 hours. I've been working with another LC on getting him to latch, and I think we're slowly making progress. Sometimes he'll latch right away, sometimes he has to use the nipple shield first and then I can remove it, and sometimes he just tries and tries to latch and can't/won't do it. Obviously doing this takes even longer to feed.
I guess I'm rambling, but I wanted to tell my whole situation. Everything Ives read about bf says babies should be taking a lot less time to eat. My milk flow is great, so I don't think that's a problem. Are feedings this long common for newer babies or babies with latching issues? My pediatrician told me he should drain one breast in 15 min and then I should offer him the other. After that if he stills seems hungry then he's probably pacifying and I should use a pacifier or give him my finger to suck on. He won't suck on my finger for long and I'm afraid to give him a pacifier because of the latching issues.
I am returning to work on Feb 5th. I work full time from home and he will be staying here with me. I'm worried that if he keeps this up it will be impossible to feed him while I'm working Any help would be greatly appreciated!