My baby was born at 36w1d and is now 9 days old. We have had basically no luck with nursing. He has latched on only 3 times: once with the help of an LC on Monday, finally for me last night for about 20 minutes, and again this morning but only for 5 mins or so.
I spend at least a half an hour trying to get him on my breast before I have to give him EBM out of a bottle but most of the time he refuses to open his mouth. I've tried tickling his lips and his cheek with my nipple but he does not seem to have a rooting reflex yet. He often pinches his little lips together tightly or he will lick at my nipple but will not open up wide. The few times he does, his tongue ends up on the roof of his mouth, no matter whether I "aim for his nose" or not. He seems very sleepy at the breast, even if he was wide awake when I first try to put him on it. I have tried every position, changing his diaper to wake him, all the usual suggestions.
What can I do to make him open his mouth? I'm sure its not that he isn't hungry because he will take the bottle. Please help... I hate this stupid pump.