Hi, my LO is 4.5 months and I've gotten to the point of dreading feeding time. This makes me so sad because I thought breastfeeding would be such a great bonding and relaxing experience. Instead, both LO and I feel frustrated.
Starting at around 6 weeks, she would latch on and off multiple times before nursing for a longer period. Around 2 months she started painfully popping off and crying. I thought it was a stage, but she's getting more and more frustrated each day. She'll suck for 30 seconds to a minute and pop off. She'll stay on a little longer during letdown, and then after that she starts unlatching and crying. She acts VERY hyperactive during nursing, like she can't relax. She fidgets and pulls my nipple as she arches her back (ouch!). I know there is more milk in my breast because I can express it, but it's like she's too impatient to keep at it.
She's only gotten a bottle a handful of times. I use an SNS to supplement 4oz twice a day in the evening. Even while using the SNS she does this.
I feel like breastfeeding is tearing us apart instead of bringing us together. I wonder if I should just give it up and maybe she would be happier with bottles....
PLEASE, if anyone knows how to get her to stop this, I will try anything.