My son is 6 1/2 weeks. When we were in the hospital they ended up giving him a bottle since he was not latching well or gaining weight.
For the past 6 weeks, I have been pumping and giving what I pump to him in a bottle. I offer my breast but he will only suck for a few minutes before crying and getting frustrated. I'll keep offering my breast to him but it is always the same- him eating but then getting mad and refusing to nurse. The milk he does receive directly from me seems minimal since he will still take about 1-1.5 of expressed BM via bottle after nursing session. I try switching positions and sides but it all ends the same.
I can't eliminate the bottle completely because that is what his babysitter uses when I am at work. It is affecting my milk supply because I have to use formula when I don't produce enough. Each time I pump without nursing firsthand (at work) I get 2-2.5 oz every 3 hours. If I pump after nursing I pump 1oz. (I use the Medela Pump in style advanced.)
There was also a time when he started treating the bottles like he did my breast. My mother-in-law poked an extra hole in all the nipples because she thought he wanted a faster flow. Sure enough it worked and he continues to enjoy bottles. That is why I think he is preferring a faster flow from my breasts and getting so frustrated. Please help! I want to be able to nurse him without having to give him a bottle afterwards. I want my breast to be enough! What can I do!??