Using a syringe
I have been both breast feeding, pumping, and supplementing with formula. My son is eight days old and sucks the bottle dry every time. He is consuming 50ml of formula/breast milk (pumped) mix (breastmilk 20ml/ formula 30ml). I have flat nipples and my baby is having a very hard time latching on. I have been trying to feed him horizontally to help bring his suck back, I have been trying to bring out my nipples using reverse nipple softening, I have been pumping.
He just gets so angry and upset when he can't latch. He moves his head so much and his fingers and hands always get in the way. I have tried a nipple shield (if he can't latch to it, it falls off, it tends to slide off, even when trying to put water on it.) Is there any hope for me to give this baby a happy feeding??? My boyfriend says that giving him a syringe will only frustrate him more and make him cry more because he's used to the bottle. Is he right?