Hi! I am a second time mom, but first time breast feeder. My little boy is 10 days old and has, until the last 24-36 hours been a great and vigorous eater with little trouble latching on. About 36 hours or so ago he developed thrush in his mouth and I began having thrush related symptoms (burning and pain) in my nipples- especially when he would latch on. The doc put him on nystatin and gave me a dose of diflucan. While the nystatin seems to be giving him some relief, I think the diflucan has yet to kick in for me (I took it about 10 hours ago).
My question is this: for the last 24 hours my little boy has been very reluctant to eat, not latching on and increasingly lethargic. The pediatrician said he was most likely in a little pain as a result of the thrush on his tongue and not vigorously sucking and/or latching on as a result. I've been pumping to get my supply up, and this afternoon, in a moment of desperation, I attempted to feed him about 1 1/2 ounces of breast milk in a bottle to make sure he was getting something. I thought he might have the same problem sucking from the bottle as from the breast, however, he vigorously drank all of the breast milk from the bottle without so much as a grimace.
Have I messed up? I've read that the tongue movement required to get milk from a bottle is exactly opposite of what is required to get milk from the breast. After the bottle, he is still completely disinterested in the breast and not latching on at all. Should I continue to feed him breast milk from a bottle in an effort to make sure he's getting enough to eat or should I stick to trying to get him to latch on and feed from me? I am so confused and very worried that he might no longer want to breast feed.
Could it be that the thrush on my nipple is what is causing him to pass on the breast and not the fact that he got a bottle for the first time? I would really, really appreciate anyones advice, insight or suggestions! To the extent it makes a difference, he is one ounce short of his birth weight. He had moderate jaundice when he was born, but it has been resolved through the use of bili lights at this point.
Thank you so much in advance!!!