TashaMorgan 2 kids; Ladysmith, British Columbia 1803 posts14th Nov '12
If he's healthy I wouldn't bother to wake him. As for fixing his latch, run your nipple from his nose to his chin to get him to open wide.
14th Nov '12
okay. thank you guys. They're going to try and help me, and then if still nothing, then we're gonna stimulate my nipples with a pump. i really want to give him my breast milk. but yes, hes very healthy.
USAF wf&m 2 kids; Albuquerque, New Mexico 1795 posts14th Nov '12
Best way I got a good latch was to squeeze my nipple and pull it away to make it kind of elastic feeling and putting as much squeezed nipple in his mouth as possible
14th Nov '12
Thanks guys. They said that i was doing everything right & his mouth would be wide and right there on my nipple, he just wouldnt s**k to get anything. assuming because he is exhausted.. so pumping to stimulate my nipples & help my milk come in, but gave him a bit of formula for now. I just wanted my baby to not be hungry. Im not too worried about it once my milk comes in. im very pro breast milk, so i really hope this doesnt confuse him. ty so much for the advice though.
Shelby Chappell Due November 29; 1 child; Alberta 1575 posts14th Nov '12
my little guy would not latch for the longest time. thats why i had to stay in the hospital 2 extra nights. they ended up giving him formula and had me try and express colostrum for a bit. I tried laying on my side and bringing him to me when i got home and he kind of took to that. Eventually after 2 weeks of frustration, i put a pillow under him and all of a sudden boom! he got it! Try and keep calm and keep at it.
Belinda LeVan Due October 4; Japan 12 posts14th Nov '12
Ive found that a nipple sheild helps.. my sons problem was hed try so hard to get it in that hed constantly miss or itd go under his tongue. a week with the shield had him latching on like a a pro. also try pulling your nipples out with your fingers. it gives more to latch on to
14th Nov '12
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Aliana 1 child; California 391 posts15th Nov '12
I had to use a nipple shield for about a month, then DS got the hang of it randomly while we were in the bathtub lol now occasionally i have to "sandwich" my b**b so he'll get a good latch. dont give up mama!!
17th Nov '12
Quoting Belinda LeVan:" Ive found that a nipple sheild helps.. my sons problem was hed try so hard to get it in that hed constantly ... [snip!] ... the shield had him latching on like a a pro. also try pulling your nipples out with your fingers. it gives more to latch on to"This was exactly my problem! thank you. its helped a lot.