My son is 8 weeks old and despite some initial difficulties, we were off to a really good start with breastfeeding. Unfortunately I had a bad case of Mastitis two weeks ago and started expressing quite a bit and using bottles once or twice during the day and night - just to give my nipples a rest. It seems that ever since then my son has gone off my breasts! He will nurse for about 10 minutes (if I'm lucky) but then kicks, screams and thrashes as if he is in great pain. If I try to hold him, he will move his whole body away from the nipple. If I try to sit still and breath calmly he will scream and whip his head back and forth while latched on. If I take him off the breast, it is met with shrieks of protest. It makes no difference whether I put him back on the same or the other breast - he just hates it.
Someone suggested that he might have silent reflux?! The thing is that if I offer him the bottle instead he takes it happily. Could it be nipple confusion, if such a thing exist?
He drinks about 5/6 ounces at each feed (every 2 hours) and expressing for every single meal just wears me down... but apart from the practical issues I find it hard emotionally, too! And I just want to understand what is going on! All my GP had to say was that babies can be moody (!!) and that I could always switch to formula, but my son is a really easy going baby otherwise and I would really like to continue breastfeeding.
Any advice/suggestions would be great and highly appreciated!