Third Time’s a Bust

Breast feeding is not going well. And I’ve no idea what to do.

Michael never had a very strong latch, and starting about a week or 10 days ago, he pretty much gave up on it entirely. I’ve been doing breast compression while he’s feeding to get the milk out and into him.

Breast compression is pretty uncomfortable.

Also, sometimes he is so fussy, he doesn’t latch at all, and I just end up giving him a bottle.

So: he’s feeding about every four to five hours. We start out with the breast (supply doesn’t seem to be an issue, although I’m not sure what my hind milk is like. Michael isn’t the most patient baby). After about 45 minutes or an hour of breast compression (if we’re lucky), if he’s still fussy, he gets formula. He’ll snack on a bottle for the next hour or so.

He’s starting to be more alert, and in between feedings and naps, we are playing and reading. The girls usually participate if they are not too distracted by their Christmas gifts.

I will also say he is sleeping at night like a champ. The middle of the night breast feeding is usually the most successful, and he will go right back to bed with me after 45 minutes or so. His latch isn’t strong, but he’s not fussing at me while I do breast compression.

If you have any ideas to help with his latch, I would appreciate guidance. I’m sure it’s difficult all the way around this time, as I’ve got two other children to take care of. I have to get the tubing for my breast pump, too; otherwise I would just be pumping instead.