Re: I am going insane -- is my LC crazy?
Actually, he probably will get better at nursing even if you do nothing, or at least nothing more than what you're already doing. New babies are very weak, very uncoordinated. They can't hold their own heads up, their limbs thrash around. They open their mouths and suck instinctively, but that doesn't mean they are good at the whole latching/nursing thing. And their mouths are tiny, so even when they are opening as wide as possible and their tongues are where they are supposed to be, it is often still difficult for them to achieve a good latch. It all changes as the baby grows, gains strength and muscle control, and learns how best to use his mouth to eat.
I'm sorry getting help from the LC is so expensive. La Leche League provides free help. Sometimes WIC does, too, if you're eligible for that. If you're really lucky, you'll find a LC who will help for free or for a reduced or spread out fee- but the only way to find out about a spread out/reduced fee is to ask.
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