DS is now 6 wks and since wk 2 has only had BM (he was jaundiced in the hospital so dr's gave him formula to supplement). It's VERY important to me that he gets BM and only BM, at least until 6mo. But this isn't how I envisioned it to be...
Thankfully, DS has a great latch, but since he's gotten more responsive to lights, sounds, movements, etc he wants to turn his head in all directions causing him to lose the areola and try to continue nursing on nipple alone. I'll break suction and continue but then he thinks he can gum on me for some reason. I may have a slow let down? To top it all off, I've been extremely sore and cracked due to my pump. The shield is too small and I've ordered new parts but they'll take awhile to arrive. (This is my first experience with any of this so I'm a little lost and figuring it out as I go...) My plan is to wait for my parts to arrive and exclusively pump for a week or so to let myself heal up some before I risk another gumming. What little healing I have done he breaks open again!
So, my question is, am I making a bad decision on taking a break from BF? He's always seemed to do ok going breast/bottle. If I start to think about EP, how would that effect us? I've really thought about it because I don't know if I can take the pain, and he would still be getting the nutritional value, right?
And, how can I keep him from slipping of breast like he does? It KILLS me but I don't want to restrict his movements too much. He should be comfy when he eats, like anyone else. I'm kinda large breasted so I usually always c-hold with one hand and I try to "flatten" the areola to make it easier for him to get. Also, every now and again, when trying to latch, he will open and close his mouth really fast not letting me in. I've tried all the text book techniques, but sometimes when he's in that "rhythm" I can't stop it. Any tips?