Hi Ladies! I'm new here but I wanted to get some advice... My son Liam is gonna be 7 weeks tomorrow and we've had a tough time with the whole nursing thing. I started out using nipple shields because my nipples were super flat and after about 3 weeks of using those and pumping a ton, I was able to get him to latch on to my breast without the shield. Yay! Well he's been nursing great since then but about a week ago he's started latching on and nursing for about 2 or 3 mins and then getting fussy and yanking his head back (while still attached to my nipple....OUCH!) and then needing to burp. I burp him...sometimes he burps, sometimes not. Then I'll latch him on again, he'll feed for a few more mins and then the same drill. He's not feeding for very long but he's seemed to get more efficient at nursing and is sucking harder and draining more in a shorter amount of time. I just don't know what to do. I want to keep him latched on so he gets a full feed. After having to feed him in several short chunks, my let down is all screwed up, and my nipples are killing me. I eventually just give up and wait to feed him in a few hours. Also, because of the strange feeds all day, when it comes time for his nighttime feeding he nurses for a while and then does the same fussiness so i've been giving up and giving him a formula bottle for the last few nights to help fill him up because he's still hungry because i don't have enough milk for him. This seems to be adversly affecting my supply and so I've been pumping as much as I can in addition to his feeds to keep up the supply as much as possible and taking Fenugreek.
Any advice you ladies can give me would be helpfull. I'm really confused.