I was planning on exclusively breast feeding for at least 1 year with my newborn. Everything was going well with breastfeeding up until she was about 3.5 weeks old and she started becoming very fussy and impatient at the breast. I will go to insert my nipple into her mouth and she will just kind of play around with it with her tongue and spit it out, then begin to cry and kick her feet in frustration.
I thought it was my milk supply, because it did seem to slow down a bit, so I really had no choice but to start supplementing her with formula, because I wasn't able to pump.
I have a manual Medela Symphony, and I'm not having great results with it. I was doing fine with it for the first 2-3 weeks until my supply had dipped. I stopped using it and began hand expressing my milk just recently and am having decent results in doing so.
My baby is still not taking to the breast, even though I know my milk supply is great. I feel so terrible and guilty about giving her formula... I know breast milk is the best nutrition for her and has so many benefits, and I feel like I'm taking that away from her. I miss that bonding experience I was having with her, I loved nursing her. And now I feel like I'm being a bad mother because we're not able to successfully nurse. I'm becoming very upset and depressed over it.
I'm seeing my lactation consultant this week and hoping she can help, but everything she's suggested over the phone I have tried and it is not working. if anyone's gone through this same thing or something similar I would love to hear from you to know I am not alone, and especially if you were able to correct the problem.