Emma - posted on 06/18/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )
At the moment, my 5 day old son gets EXTREMELY frustrated at my breast. He was a little touch-and-go with successes while at the hospital and I was consulted by the lactations on call. Once I got him home, he began to latch, hold for around 5 seconds, then kick himself off in a frenzy and refused to go back on either breast. I then started pumping and using the Avent 4 oz bottles (they say that it makes an easier transition from breast to bottle with this model) and I'm getting the First Years Breastflow bottles too. He doesn't seem to have any trouble what-so-ever with these and they're supposed to be closest to breast. I've got no problem pumping for him and he's been feeding very consistently (around 2-3 hours during the day and around 4-5 at night).
Wondering if I should push the breast on him or let him be happy with the bottles. Is he still getting the benefits of breast feeding without suckling from my breast?
I'm actually doing everything that I was (skin to skin, calm relaxing site for feeding, and I switch from side to side) just without him suckling from my breast.
Again, I have absolutely no problem pumping for him. It's not too much work at all and as long as he's getting the best, that's what I care about. I was going to have to pump when I went back to work 6 weeks from now anyway.