I have a six month old daughter who is getting to be impossible to breastfeed. When she was first born none of the lactation consultants or nurses could get her to latch on so I was told to use a nipple shield. I tried weaning her off of it every few days but she would always scream when I tried feeding her without it. Around 4 months she started feeding without the shield but she didn't have a proper latch. Her mouth doesn't open wide enough and she doesn't have her lips flanged out. If I try to manually open her mouth more or pull down her lips gently, she just screams and pulls off.
She now hates the shield and will pull it off whenever I try to use it, but since she doesn't have a proper latch it hurts so badly to feed her without it. She has also started attacking me when I feed her (kicking, pushing, biting, scratching, rolling around, refusing to eat, etc) UNLESS I have her swaddled. It's gotten to the point where I cannot feed her unless she's swaddled. I hate tying her down and it feels like breastfeeding has become such a battle instead of a sweet, bonding thing like it used to be for us when she was younger.
I've really started to hate feeding her, it hurts so badly to feed her without the shield, I can't get her to latch properly, and I have to swaddle her or she won't eat. She bites me about 10 times a nursing session too.
I called a lactation consultant at my hospital and they said a six month old is so set in their ways there is no way they can help me change any of her latch or swaddle problems so I shouldn't bother coming in for help. I've been dealing with it since I thought it might be a phase, but it has been going on for two months now and I am completely miserable and sore.
To top it all off, I think I may have thrush too since my nipples are burning so badly, although that may just be from the bad latch.
Someone, please help me. I really want to feed her until she self weans.