Sorry if this has already been asked. I'd like to research more but this is somewhat time sensitive.
We're trying to get our precious newborn weaned off of syringe tube feeding. It's been the "easy" way to make sure he's getting enough fluids, which is important for getting his jaundice down. However, it's doing a number on mommy's breasts, with them getting neither a good latch nor sufficient let down to avoid getting engorged. We are just transitioning from colostrum to milk, so the flow is not very much, and baby does not know to wait for it when the tube is so ready and free flowing. As a result he gets frustrated every time we try to get him to latch, and it seems to just be getting worse. We're thinking of pulling the tube for a bit and just making him get hungry enough to try even slow breastfeeding, just so he can realize it works, and so that the stimulation will eventually increase the supply. Any ideas on how we can retire the tube and get mommy and baby going strong on just the breastfeeding?
P.S. - Answers to the question as asked would be appreciated. We've considered bottle feeding, and at times have resorted to that just to give mommy some much needed rest. But that doesn't solve the engorgement problem, and we'd really rather try to make this breastfeeding thing work.
Thanks, tired tube helper daddy