At three weeks, we introduced bottles of pumped milk because our baby was having latching/suction-breaking problems that led to her throwing up copius amounts of milk at pretty much every feeding. I could hear "smacking" noises as she sucked (on the breast), and was aware that she was gulping air, so I would break her frequently to burp. If I was not frequent enough, the burps would produce huge gushes of regurgitated milk. I was frustrated and sore, and started to dread feeding her, so we did what we had to do.
Now, at 5 weeks, we are back to breastfeeding most of the time, but she is still sucking air almost every time. She turns out her bottom lip just fine now, but her top lip seems permanently turned under when feeding. She has the tiniest little mouth - I have seen lactation specialists and feel like I have tried everything, but we cannot get a good, solid, consistent seal of mouth to breast. I do not blame nipple confusion, because this has been happening since way before we introduced the bottle. When I am really full (i.e., breasts that look and feel like basketballs) the issue is worse and I spend the whole feeding trying to pinch my nipple flatter so that she can get and stay on there.
Does anyone else out there hear a lot of "smacking" when breastfeeding? I read somewhere that this is a bad thing, but I am starting to feel like it is just the way it is supposed to be. I hate breaking her off to burp her all the time, but I can't think of any other way to keep her from throwing up everywhere. Is there really a problem, or is this just the way it goes?? Help!