New dad here trying to find some advice. Our beautiful daughter was born April 2, and seems to be thriving! At the hospital she had zero problems latching on, however the first night home she went 4 hrs between feedings because she wouldn't latch! We finally supplemented about .5 oz of formula just to settle her belly and she latched on immediately. Since then she will randomly not latch and become furious at the breast. We calm her with skin to skin, and try again once she is calm, it can make a feeding last 1.5 hrs at times. We are both coping with the screaming but this is our first child and it makes sleeping VERY difficult. Average of 3 hrs per night since we have gotten home:-/.
Here is the problem in a nutshell:
Wife has beautiful breasts 36D with nipples 1/2 inch long and medium size around.
Baby latched immediately in hospital
Typical time between feeding is 2 hrs but no more than 3hrs.
Once home baby found her lungs and can become very angry!!(like any baby I assume)
- calming her before presenting the breast is essential
Baby will root for nipple just doesn't close her mouth when nipple touches her tongue/lower lip.
-problem is random and it's a 50/50 shot if she latches on immediately
We have only fed .5 oz of formula through a bottle one time.
We have been using a pacifier simply because she gets sooo angry and it truly comforts her.
We have 0 problems with an efficient latch once she clamps down
-good sucking motion, proper placement on the pallet, no unduly sore nipples etc
Use cradle or football hold.
My wife is coping with the lack of sleep better than I, but I just want to know if there is something we are missing. I have to go back to work this week and want to ensure she doesn't fall into PPD due to sleep deprivation and stress!!
Thank you for any advice you ladies may offer!
Also, breast pump on the way to ensure we never have to use formula. Thanks'