Fri Jul 20, 2012 2:46 am
My son is 4 weeks old. We are having issues with breastfeeding. Basically, he never had a good latch, so he wasn't transfer milk very efficiently. I had to start pumping and bottle feeding him. He got used to "latching on" to a bottle, so now he won't open wide enough to get anything but a shallow latch. He will comfort nurse, but he never swallows since he isn't latched on correctly. I had pre and post weight checks done to see how much milk he was actually transferring, and he transfers about 1/4 ounce over an hour long nursing session. I have plenty of supply. I pump about 30 ounces daily.
Does anyone have any tricks for reteaching a baby to open wide? I have tried tickling him from nose to chin with my nipple (and the bottle's), and it doesn't work. He won't open wide for the bottle either. He just ends up in hysterics if I take longer then 15 seconds to give him the bottle.
Also, every time he opens "wide," he puts his tongue to the roof of his mouth. This also makes it difficult to get a good latch. Any advice on how to train him to put his tongue down?