The baby wakes himself and cries until she nurses him again, but he falls back asleep after 5 min at the breast. So she tries to undress him, wipe with a cold cloth, change him, etc to try to get him to keep on nursing. The longest he has ever slept was a 3 hour stretch, during the day, and after a bottle of formula.
Brln, sorry I haven't seen her latch, she's a friend from church and the baby was sleeping while we were there. She just told me about her problem. She had a health nurse look at her latch and they said it was fine, but the nurse may not know what she's talking about. Her baby was losing "a lot" of weight (according to the health nurse), so that's why she started supplementing. She nursed lying down for the first many days because she had hemorrhoids, and at first she slept a lot with the baby, but now she tries to make him sleep in his cradle, and of course he wakes up fussy again whenever she puts him down. She now mostly nurses sitting up I think. So each feeding has become an ordeal. She mentioned that during the day, there are other things to do (her other young son), so she is not able to keep up with the baby's demands. I'm thinking that right now there's nothing more important than establishing feeding with this baby! Everyone should make way for this nursing couple to make it work!
My feeling is that she should get her latch checked by a L.C., and then just spend a lot of time nursing in bed with baby, skin to skin for a couple of days.