Can anyone help?
Our son is almost 3 months old and does not want to nurse. He nursed exclusively for the first month, then we introduced a few bottles and he did well with it. At 6 weeks he was only 6 ounces above his birth weight and the doctor wanted me to try some formula, which we stopped after a few weeks and finding out he was gaining weight. We experiemented with feedings and found that even after 45+ minutes of nursing he would still follow up with a 2 to 3 ounce bottle. When he takes just a bottle he takes 4 to 5 ounces, so he only gets half the feeding nursing even after so long--often even an hour or more. I am not new to nursing as I have nursed all 4 of our other children, and it is not an issue of having enough, as I am able to pump out more than he takes.
He has a rather large overbite, and sucks his bottom lip in when eating. He has done this from the beginning and I always try to pull the lip back out but within a few seconds--usually immediately, it goes right back in no matter how often I do this. The doctor checked to see if he is tongue tied while he was in the hospital, and says he is not, though I wonder if he may be slightly toungue tied. He has dicovered his tongue and when trying to stick it out it comes to his bottom lip, but does not extent past it.
He 100% refuses to nurse now. I have tried nipple shields and have only gotten him to nurse a few times in the past couple of weeks, even though I try at every feeding. Last week, at almost 3 months he is 3 pounds above where he started.