Re: Newborn wrestles with me at feeding time.
If you swaddle him, does he relax? If so, I'd just continue to swaddle for a while longer. He'll outgrow the need for it eventually.
A couple other things you can try:
- Get to the baby earlier. Crying is a late indicator of hunger, and once a baby is into that panicked crying mode, he's more likely to thrash around.
- If the baby is trying to latch but can't stay still long enough, try offering your pinky finger for him to suck on. Nail held down towards the tongue, instead of up facing the delicate tissue of the palate. This may calm him long enough to get him to latch.
- Instant reward. Try expressing a few drops of milk onto the nipple. If the baby gets an immediate taste of milk, he may make the connection that staying latched onto the nice-tasting stuff means getting more nice-tasting stuff!
- If you are offering bottles or pacis, consider shelving them for a while. They can interfere with a baby's latch and also cause a preference for the ease of bottle-feeding, leading to the baby rejecting the breast.
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