First off, thank you all for your words of encouragement...I will need to call on them during the long crying/hunger bouts each night. To refresh, we did have some really tough nights. He seems to get worse each night, wanting the breast to go to sleep. And when I think that he's finally down for the count, I'll check to see if he has unlatched himself, which usually is the case. But as soon as he realizes that the nipple is no longer in his mouth, he wakes up crying. I tried the side lying position to give him the breast during the night, but my husband is worried that if I fall asleep and turn the wrong way, I could perhaps suffocate him with my breast...(sounds kinda funny, but I can see his point). He also worries about SIDS. His stand is "no stuffed toys, no blankets near his face", then why allow the breast to be in his face? So I only did that once. Then, I saw things were getting better and for 24 hours, the baby had a great latch and was getting really satisfied at each feeding. But I wasn't sure my latch was as good as it could be, so I had a LLL consultant come to the house and help me. I am not bashing her or the philosophy, but my son absolutely hated and refused her angle, position, etc. He refused to have his upper back shoved into the breast and fought it for the three hours that she was here. He cried alot when it came to feeding and would not latch on no matter what. Soooo, needless to say, after an awful night of him being confused, (she suggested I continue to try her way), we are now going back to the way I was doing it before.
Also, I had OB/GYN appt today, and took the baby with me. My ob/gyn says he has reflux and that is causing alot of his troubles at the breast. Her children had it as well. What's funny is that I did suggest that to others, and to the LLL and they said he probably doesn't have it.
Does anyone have any advice for handling the reflux when it comes to feedings? OB suggested short feedings, lots of burping and get sleep positioner for him. Any other thoughts on that?
Thanks in advance for your help. Sorry so long.