Hello ladies, as you may recall Ryan was unable to breastfeed at first because he was so sleepy and tiny. I have been pumping and feeding him bottles, and have persisted at trying to breastfeed. It is getting better and he now latches on ok most of the time, even though it still hurts sometimes (it hurt like hell for a long time in the beginning because of his poor latch). We still have some issues and I am looking for advice.
He will only nurse for about 10 minutes and then stops and falls asleep for a few minutes. He then wakes up again and absolutely refuses to latch back on, screaming his head off, and pushing away the breast, if I try. If I offer a bottle to top him off he roots for it like crazy like he's starving and usually takes another 1-2 ounces. I weighed him on a kitchen scale before and after nursing to see how much he was getting and it seems he gets about 1.5-2 ounces roughly in the 10 minutes he nurses. I don't know why he does this. I wonder if he gets tired of nursing and knows the bottle is coming. One day I just breastfed him and did not top up but with a bottle and he ended up very very cranky and wanting to eat every 1.5 hours. He would also not really go to sleep in between - I assume he was still hungry. Any thoughts on what I could do to wean him off the bottle and get him to take a full feeding? I am buying natural shaped bottle nipples today - we will see if that helps. I will also try to call a lactation consultant for help. It's so frustrating.
I hate having to pump all the time. My milk supply seems to have leveled out (I was overproducing a lot for a while there), but now it's tough to pump enough for the top ups, and if he nurses for only 20 minutes at a time he doesn't drain the breast causing some discomfort. I wonder if he got fussy because he gets too much of the leaner "foremilk", which can make baby gassy and not make them feel full for long. Sigh! Help?