My LO will be 9 weeks this Thursday. I didnt bf my first LO because I didnt have enough information, now I'm trying to do the right thing this time.
I have narrowed down our long list of issues to date to the following:
-My LO has a poor latch
-He does not open his mouth wide enough and I try and try to get him to open wider. How can I get him to do this?
He is not transferring the milk well
...so in turn I'm supplementing after each session with about 1 oz of bm or formula.
-Nursing is very painful because of his poor latch
I am now back at working (starting full time today 1/2 days last week) pumping 3 times per day getting 3 oz total each pumping session.
Leading to fussiness, not getting enough to eat, loses weight if I don't supplement, doesn't sleep well at night because he wakes constantly hungry.
And I can't get the hang of side laying nursing.
I am wondering now if all of this is because I am about a size 34I
The only way I can get LO to latch is by doing the sandwich thing. But he doesn't seem to be getting all of the milk.
Is it impossible to do the sidelaying with a larger chest. I can't seem to do the cradle hold either.
I am very frustrated and I'm basically waiting for that magical day that LO will latch correctly and transfer milk correctly. Will that ever happen? I'm hoping that pumping will increase my milk supply which is low I'm assuming because he isnt taking it all in. Its taking all I have not to quit. This is driving me crazy. I'm running out of steam doing the nursing, bottle, pumping, cleaning routine. Its like I'm doing twice the work because I still have to prepare bottles too. Its really taking an emotional toll. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Edited to add: Oh yes I have had a home visit by a LC, I guess I need to talk to her again.