Tricia - posted on 01/29/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
My little guy turned 3 weeks old yesterday, and it has been one struggle after the other with nursing him. I'm working closely with a lactation consultant through La Leche League, but I need some encouragement. First he's got a high palate, so I have to use a nipple shield when I nurse him. Then last Monday I found our that he hasn't been gaining any weight. In the 2 weeks between first and second doctors appointments, he didn't put on an ounce. We think the problem is the high palate again: he's just getting so tired when he's sucking that he gives up and falls asleep. So now I'm pumping after every feeding and supplementing with the pumped milk. Nurse one side, nurse the other, and then supplement. I just started to use a supplemental nutrition system instead of a bottle, because the LC is worried that with his high palate, zeke isn't getting the roof of his mouth stimulated with the bottle, and that'll reduce his sucking even further. Ok, great.
The problem: I'm supposed to nurse and pump and supplement every 2 hours and it DOES NOT WORK. If I let Zeke sleep until he's hungry, he wakes up every 3 hours, nurses 5 to 10 minutes on each side, and then takes an ounce or 2 of supplement. But that's only enough milk if he's getting at least one and a half ounces from my breasts AND taking a full 2 ounces of supplement. If I try to wake him every 2 hours, he just screams and screams and screams and he won't latch on! I end up just giving him a bottle to calm him down, but even that is hit or miss as he sometimes won't even calm down enough to suck on the easy to grip artificial nipple. I'm feeding awfully discouraged: he needs to eat so he'll have the strength to eat!