My Son Is Not a Boob Man
Baby S was born three weeks early — a “near-term baby” — and he had what the lactation consultant called an “immature sucking reflex.” He could not stay awake when latched on, and when he was latched on, he would only suck for a few minutes. He was not gaining weight because he was not getting enough to eat.
Enter the breast pump. All hail the breast pump.
He is gaining weight beautifully now and eats on a fairly regular schedule, even though we are still doing “on demand” feedings.
I thought we would do this for a few weeks and then he would just go right back to the boob. I have been trying to put him on the breast but he just fusses and only sucks for a few minutes before losing interest.
Does he have the dreaded “nipple confusion?”
Will he go back to the breast?
I had to introduce the bottle, but I fear that he is going to be on the bottle forever. All the cleaning, sterilizing, and pumping is very time consuming. I will still pump so Mr. MC can do a few feedings, but I was hoping to slowly whittle down the 8 times/day pumping to just a few.
Why is my son not a boob man? I know this will hit later in life, but a fascination with my boobs now would just make everything a lot easier!