I have a 23 day old baby who began with a shallow latch from birth and then after a few days starting screaming when I gave her my breast to feed at.
She had lost 9% of her body weight at her 2nd day appointment and I was continuing to have latching issues with her so I started pumping. I was so wore out that I started giving formula at night and pumping for her during the day. I can't seem to catch up and get enough to give her throughout the day hardly anymore. I produce maybe 4-5 ounces in the morning, 2 ounces the 2nd time and then about 1-1.5 ounces after that... Whereas she will need about 3-4 ounces per feeding.
I know formula supplementation will make my supply go down and I know from reading I need to pump every 2-3 hours to maintain my supply. However, I really really want to get to the bottom of our latching issues. I want to "breastfeed" not "breast pump". And I don't want to have to keep buying formula! I like giving her my milk, it gives me a sense of accomplishment that I can feed her my milk. But, when I have to pump then give her a bottle it is more time consuming than simply giving her my breast.
She has started to "latch" a little bit better, but now she will suck for about 10-15 minutes(sometimes longer) then pull off start to cry with "hunger" and when I try to relatch her or put her on the other side she screams and fidgets around and won't even take the nipple. She then puts her hands in her mouth out of hunger and I end up giving her a bottle because at this point she will get to crying so hard that she can't calm down.
A friend of mine said the first thing they should look for is her tongue to see if she has the tie or not. But even though my healthcare provider knew I was having issues, she never looked. (she was/is very supportive of breastfeeding) I am an Army wife so we had one Dr. for the 2 day and then another for the 2 week and they were just "given" to us. Not really our "ped", just a shuffling of new babies through a system. I just get whatever Dr. they give me thorugh our Tricare insurance.