Post # 1
My 2 month old will feed very well when my breasts are engorged, but not at other times when they are softer. I know there’s still tons of milk in there because a pump will get it out. If I’m not engorged, he gets frustrated and cries and fusses and tenses up and pulls off and then doesn’t eat properly and I have to supplement sometimes with a bottle just so he gets fed.
How can I get baby to suck harder at feedings? Any tips??
Post # 3
I’m sorry. *Hugs*
This used to happen with DD. Have you tried expressing your breast first, just a little bit manually? This used to help sometimes, but I eventually had to start exclusively pumping because she was losing too much weight. Hope this works or the other bees have some advice that could help.
Post # 4
Do you have a lactation consultant your area? They can be a huge help in figuring out why a baby is having difficulty eating. There are a lot of things that could be causing the problem. One of the possibilities is a lip or tongue tie. For some having a lip or tongue tie corrected can make all the difference in the world when nursing.
Post # 5
Definitely check out kellymom.com-there is tons of wonderful advice/troubleshooting on there. How often are you nursing him? Do you feel your let down?
Post # 6
Maybe a warm cloth and a little massage just before he latches on would help?
Post # 7
I am nursing him on demand, but that works out out to be every 2 hours or so, give or take his naps and growth spurts. I do feel let down, and I do also try expressing some milk first on his lips to encourage him to get excited for sucking. It works for a second and then he slacks off and gets frustrated.
Funny thing is, if I let him suck my finger, his reflex is very strong! …? I’m puzzled. Maybe it’s a comfort thing, like he’s too cozy on my breast or something so he doesn’t want to work? When I pump after a feed, I can get almost 4 oz, after feeding! So I don’t know how much he is really getting. 🙁 Stressful.
Post # 8
@Sunshine09: I’ve heard that some kids can just be “lazy suckers” and when you’re engorged the milk comes out so much more easily that they get spoiled by it. My daughter was one of those that would pull off and cry every ten seconds, it really frustrated me but I just kept trying to be patient and she eventually sipped doing it. I second PP, speak with a lactation consultant
Post # 9
Does your LO get many bottles? I’m wondering if your LO is too used to the faster flow of the bottle and dislikes having to work for his milk when your breasts aren’t engorged. Kellymom has a great resource regarding bottled feeding to help combat the issue of bottle preference – here’s the link: http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/feeding-tools/bottle-feeding/
You could also try taking a “nursing vacation” and spend a weekend just concentrating on nursing (no bottles) so that LO has to get sucking to get his milk!