Hi all. My son is 7 weeks old and not latching on well. I had the same problem with his older sister, who finally latched well at 7 weeks and nursed happily for two years.
I have very large nipples, which seem to be the problem. My son will latch on after some effort (if he's in a happy mood), but then gags and pulls off after a suck or two. My daughter was the same way. I was hoping that with my son I'd have better luck, as he's bigger than she was and I'm more experienced at nursing now than I was then.
So, I'm pumping at least 6 times a day and feeding my son with Avent bottles. I try him at the breast daily, but he gets upset and frustrated, and I worry that he will reject the breast completely after so much frustration. Any advice? Anyone else with a similar history? I really feel sad about not nursing my son.