My son is a week old and had to go to formula because he was becoming dehydrated, lost too much weight and was also jaundiced. But now that he is back on track, we wanted to reattempt breastfeeding and had some problems.
We struggled to get him back to the breast. He'd scream and refused to latch on. If he did latch on, he would suck a few times and then still scream. We did finally have a small victory today and he did nurse on my breast for 10 minutes or so, with the help of a nipple shield. It sounded like he was sucking and swallowing, but I didn't see a ton of milk in the chamber of the nipple shield. Eventually he became upset again and gave up. Then when I pumped afterwards, I found that my output was about the same on that one breast, as if he didn't really get anything.
Firstly, do you have any tips for getting past nipple confusion? I've tried while he was awake, sleepy, using drops of milk on my nipple, expressing by hand... out of ideas other than just perseverance!
Secondly, I know that my flow is rather slow. Is it possible that it is too difficult for my son to get the nourishment he needs? I can see that while I'm pumping I just get slow drips, never any sprays, even during letdowns. I also know my supply is not currently enough to meet his demand and that we'll most likely have to supplement anyway.
I mostly want to breastfeed because of the convenience, aside from health benefits. The thought of exclusively pumping again (which I did for my older son) makes me cringe. But if my flow is slow and nursing is going to take me 40 min each time, I'm not sure if I'll have the patience for it.