Dawn - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
I need help with breastfeeding my 2 month old son. He is biting and twisting my nipples, also choking at least once every feeding. I’m ready to give up breastfeeding and just pump but I really don’t want to take the time to pump AND feed him the milk I’ve pumped. He was in the NICU for 5 days after he was born for low blood sugar. In that time the nurses had me give him bottles of formula to regulate his blood sugar. I don’t have a problem with formula, but ever since then it seems like he has nipple confusion. I’ve tried the special bottles to help transition, and the nipple shield; they don’t help. He is not opening his mouth wide, and when I wait for him to do so he just gets frustrated and starts shaking his head from side to side and crying. When I put him on my breast he has trouble latching on and keeps pushing the nipple out of his mouth with his tongue. When I finally get him to latch on, I can tell he still is not on far enough because his lips do not look like a fish, they curl in. He eats very lightly and sleeps well in the morning, but eats frequently and a lot and doesn’t sleep much at night until late (midnight – 2am). It is very hard to wake him usually so I just wait for him to cry to be feed. However, he does wake to eat every 2-3 hours and most of the time he is hungry at the same time he is constipated, so I think part of the twisting and fussing is because of his being uncomfortable.
Here are the good things. I know I have milk, I can pump 5oz in 10 minutes. I have been taking Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle once a day. I know he’s eating well, he poops and pees plenty, although he does have constipation a LOT. I have been told my “equipment” is great. He is gaining weight and seems to get enough to eat.
I can take the frequent feedings at night, maybe that’s just the way he is, but I can’t take the twisting and pulling, it hurts! Can anyone tell me how to stop a child from twisting and how to get him to open wide and latch on better?