February 17th, 2015, 09:48 PM
My exclusively breastfed baby is 4 months old, and up until Monday, would not take a bottle. Monday, he refused to nurse for the first time ever. I tried often, taking a break in between attempts. He turns toward my breast, opens his mouth, lets his lips touch me, then screams bloody murder and refuses to try again. Out of desperation, I finally tried a bottle, thinking for sure it wouldn't work, as he has always refused them in the past. He sucked it right down!
Every feeding for the rest of the day, he would do the same. He got up twice to eat Monday night/Tuesday morning and nursed just fine then. Tuesday morning he started to refuse, but gave it a second try and did end up nursing (on one side only.) However, every feeding since, he screams bloody murder and refuses to even try to latch. Before bed, I got him to try latching and he sucked for a couple minutes, my letdown never happened, and he gave up, mad.
I have a 3 year old at home, along with this baby who doesn't like to be put down. I am having a hard time finding the time to pump after every feeding! I don't want to lose my milk supply, because I want him to nurse again. My letdown used to happen within a minute, now when he tries, or when I pump, it takes forever, and he doesn't have that patience, so he won't try again. I don't know what to do! I want so badly to nurse him until a year, but I have been in tears all day about this!