I've been having troubles with BF for a month now. I finally got tired of my son being "bipolar" about nursing and started giving him bottles last week. At times, I can get him to nurse at night. However as soon as he wakes up he refuses it and ends up crying and screaming. I don't know where we went wrong. I started giving him bottles around 4 weeks old and he took to them fast, but they were never an issue until now. Rarely when my son is awake can I get him to BF. There are times when he will try it out, but he will latch for only a few seconds and pull away. (He never had a problem with latching, even when he nursed for the first time.) He does this maybe a few times at most, and then if I keep trying afterwards, he freaks out. He wasn't eating, so I felt my only option was to start formula feeding him. He does not like to be held when I give him the bottle. He almost always have to sit him down in a seat for him to take it. There is no bonding with this at all. I think he has acid reflux, and I am not sure if that has anything to do with his refusal. Also for quite some time, I had an oversupply problem. I am starting to believe he just has a preference for the bottle now. I am going to try nipple shields, maybe they will help.
Has anybody else had this problem or have any suggestions?