I'm having breast feeding problems with a 10 day old. He appears to latch on well and has a strong sucking ability. Also, he seems to be eating well (producing well over 5-6 dirty/wet diapers per day) and he's putting on a healthy amount of weight (3 oz every 2 days).
However, breastfeeding him has become more and more problematic and frustrating. It seems that, while breastfeeding, he detaches from the nipple and begins rooting around. Sometimes his hands get up around his face, while at other times the trigger isn't readily apparent. Frequently, I have to call over my husband to literally hold his hands back and try to restrain him in order to re-establish a good latch. At other times, I have to detach him and use my finger in order to remind him how to suck.
We've tried swaddling our boy, but he either falls asleep from being too comfortable, or he just detaches while rooting as before.
This isn't an isolated event. We've tried to use our fingers to pacify our child, however, frequently he fails to suck on our fingers and instead begins rooting while our fingers are in his mouth! This is just like what he does on my breast. Thus, it really seems like he has an overpowering rooting reflex.
Overall, the breastfeedlng appears to be working, however, it's becoming a very exhausting and frustrating experience because we can't seem to maintain a good latch without interruption.
Can anyone suggest ways to help teach the child how to suck more consistently and cease rooting. Again, my child has a very effective suck (he can almost take the skin off your fingers!), however, he just forgets to use it.
Thanks in advance
Anna (and husband)