by jenn (2038 Posts), Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:40 pm
I'm not lactation consultant by any means.. but in my experience sometimes the let down is very intense when your giving milk to the "real deal" instead of the pump. If that is the case you could try pumping a little before you have him latch to ease the intensity.
Another cause could be lack of getting milk from him being impatient, the pumping before latching would come in handy here as well to get the milk flowing faster for his liking.
If he's been getting bottles mostly - this is very likely the case because of the ease of the flow from the bottle. Unfortunately breastfeeding is something they have to work for it and get frustrated from lack of ease.
If latching continues to be a problem, please contact your local le leache league coach. They can help you determine what's going on and further help you out. Especially if you need a nipple guard - I have never used one and wouldn't know how to direct you on that one.. but they are a little plasticy nipple cover that is suppose to help with latching complications.
And above all... CONGRATS on him being home! What a champ breezing his way out of that NICU!!