The lc was here. I'm happy to report that it isn't anything I'm doing or not doing. He has a short palate. He has really good muscle tone in his jaw, but doesn't open wide enough to take the whole nipple. He opens wide enough to take most of it & I should make sure his lips aren't curled in after he latches. So I have to gently uncurl them. I also have to do some mouth exercises with him to help him with opening wider. When the eval chick comes tomorrow, I need to make sure he gets OT and that will help with his latch. He does slurp, but again due to his anatomy & it doesn't seem to be affecting him aside from getting air & needing to burp. The lc is going to ask around & see if there are any other exercises I can do with him. I asked her how long I should give it before I just give in & give the bottle. Like if I am at my wits end, how long realistically should I fight to give him the breast. She said maybe 20 minutes. Unless I'm really frustrated, then give it to him because it's better to have a less frustrated mother & baby. She also said he doesn't have any nipple confusion so she saw no problem with giving the bottle & paci. She said he will get better as he gets older and after his surgery. She's a pedi ER NP and reg'd LC. She works at the hosp our pedi is affiliated with.