I am on the brink of giving up breastfeeding and it saddens me SO MUCH! I had to wean four week old Eli last night just for a few feedings. My boobs hurt so much that I needed the break! He wouldn't take a bottle until he was screaming and starving, and then when I did finally put him back on the breast, I would tell he had been traumatized by the thought of not having it before. He made these whimpering noises the entire time he ate and held onto my hands so hard that I thought they would turn blue!
Eli was born at 10 lbs and 3 oz. His appetite has been voracious from the get go, and I am having a hard time keeping up. My breasts aren't bleeding or cracked, but they HURT when he breastfeeds. It feels like sandpaper on an open wound right on the nipple area. Why? I don't have thrush or mastitis, and the nipples aren't even red.
I use the boppy or Mybrestfriend pillows to support him and even a nursing stool as well half of the time, so I know his positioning is decent (not perfect but ok enough).
Does this EVER get better? Will I EVER not hurt? Breastfeeding is not a good experience for me anymore....and I don't know how to change it. Eli won't be weaned without acting emotionally traumatized. Is it crazy for me to think he is being emotionally traumatized even? He yells bloody murder when I attempt to give him a bottle, but I wanna yell if he takes my breast.
Holy OUCH! Help puhleaseeeeeeee!!!!!!