Ok... a short history...this is my second child. DS#1 was NOT b/f due to his tongue tie (which blistered me badly!), and my lack of milk (I never really had milk come in despite pumping around the clock!).
So now with this kid... I"m more aware and educated, and have a STRONG desire to make b/fing work. Unfortunately, DS was admitted to the NICU at the children's hospital an hour away from home for the first two weeks of his life
The nurses there were mostly pro-bottle, though there were some who did encourage and help with b/fing. I was nervous, and sore! I was terrified, and they called the LC who did offer some help. My son would latch when offered breast, but since I have a toddler as well and couldn't be there 24/7 they often bottlefed him
So then he ended up with serious nipple confusion, and I"ve been working on that since he got home (he is now 8 weeks old). With Dr. Newman's help... we've gotten him to latch on one side pretty well -- but its inconsistant! Sometimes he will and sometimes he just won't! He seems to PREFER WHEN I"M ENGORGED and I have no idea why or what to do about it? He usually will nurse first thing in the morning after I"ve not even pumped for 10 hours (yes long time I know)... but this morning he wouldn't even do THAT! This happens to be after last week when 3 days went by during which he had NOTHING BUT BOOB and was very satisified!
Now he'll go on, but he is pulling on and off the nipple A LOT, and won't just stay on! I suspect he only wants to be on the nipple (is that what he is doing when I"m engorged??)... I can't seem to correct the latch... and no even sure this is the issue! I've tried the SNS but I"m home with the kids all day, and DH not around to help. Baby won't take the SNS anyhow.
Should I switch to slow flow bottles (EBM!)... ?? I'm at a total loss and my next appt. with Dr. Newman isn't for at least a week! I want this to work out with all my heart! Someone must have some ideas!
When I DO try to correct the crappy latch (when he is just on the nipple) he then flatly refuses any more boob for that attempt. Someone? Anyone?? Incidentally... I'm on the domperidone 4 pills 4x/day, and pump about every 3 hours during the day to maintain supply.