I've recently posted on the sleep board regarding splitting night-time feeding duties, and the advice I got was really helpful. But there's a more specific issue I'm having with breastfeeding and I'm hoping someone on here might be able to offer hope that it will get better!
DS is 10 days old, and breastfeeding has been difficult from the start. He struggles to latch on and then frequently slips off once he's attached. We've been told it looks like he has tongue tie and we've got an appointment for it to be confirmed and for him to have it fixed on Monday, so hopefully this will help with the latching and the nipple pain.
However, the problem that's causing a lot of upset is the fact that with every feed, DS cries and pushes away with his arms. It's gradually getting worse, to the point where it can now take 20 mins to get him to latch on. DH has to hold one of his arms out of the way because I don't have a free hand to do it myself. The midwife said this behaviour can be normal in some newborns, and isn't necessarily anything to do with the tongue tie. She said I need to persevere and that it will get better over the next few weeks.
Does anyone have any experience of this battle to get your DC to latch on? And did it get better in time? It's really affecting my mood and how I'm bonding with DS, because my main contact with him involves a lot of screaming and fighting. I just want to be able to feed him when he's hungry. It's getting me so down that I'm considering giving up and switching to formula, which isn't something I ever thought I'd do. But at the moment, I can't see me ever being able to leave the house with him as there's no way I could try feeding him in public the way he is. I also find I'm constantly on edge and anxious because I'm dreading the battle of the next feed.
Thanks, and sorry to have rambled!
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Newborn putting up a fight to latch on
sunnyfields25 · 02/06/2017 19:21
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