This is my first time posting. The past 4 days have been extremely stressful! My 4 month old son has suddenly starting biting my nipples, getting extremely frustrated w/ nursing, and pretty much is refusing to nurse at all during the day. And then he's nursing WAY more at night to make up for it (all night nursing, it seems...)
Also he has suddenly started waking at night, (and he has always slept around 10 hours a night since he was 4 weeks, only quietly waking up a few times to nurse. We cosleep, & he normally never wakes up crying, he just starts squirming in his sleep & opens his mouth and I nurse him. He doesn't actually wake up fully). Now he starts squirming and getting restless around 3am, and I have to keep comforting him to get him to fall back asleep. Then around 5 he wakes up and it takes an hour to get him to go back to sleep for around an hour, and then he's up for good. Up until this point I've been totally spoiled, as he would fall asleep b/t 8pm & 9pm, and then sleep until almost 7am. This is such a shock for me!
The last couple of days it has been tough getting him to nurse. I take him into a quiet, dark room. I have to nurse standing up while rocking him back and forth. And every time he resists at first. I put my breast to his mouth, and he arches his back, kicks, grunts and complains, bites down on my nipple, and then will finally give in and start nursing. And then it won't last long, he'll only nurse a few minutes usually.
I got a nipple shield today, b/c my nipples are getting SO sore from the biting. He seemed to latch on with a little less resistance when using the nipple shield, but still for only a few minutes, and still bites before latching on, and bites down during nursing too, every minute or so.
This has all been so discouraging, and I've been brought to tears several times.
I want to give some background...
*I've had mastitis 4 times (@ 1 week, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, and 16 weeks). I had antibiotics the first 2 times.
*I had oversupply that seems to be fixed now, I did block nursing after my 3rd time with mastitis. I think the 4th mastitis was from stress (it was christmas eve...)
*I've had tons of plugged ducts, I seem to get them easily, if our nursing schedule changes, or if I get stressed out.
*We have thrush, and I've been trying to get rid of it for over a month. We had nystatin, but I gave up on it a week or so ago, and have been trying GSE.
*At 12 weeks I found out my son has a dairy sensitivity, and I've cut out all dairy & soy since then.
*DS has gained weight well. He was 8lb 4oz at birth, and seems to be at least double that now.
*All these new problems started the day we left for vacation. But we have been out of town 3 other times and DS has always done really well.
Thank you all for reading this!