Ever since birth, my son has had a hard time breastfeeding. The nurse took one look at my nipples and without even trying, connected me to the nipple shield. I had a natural birth and immediate skin-to-skin contact in hopes that it would help us breastfeed. After two days in the hospital and being forced to use formula because he just wouldn't eat from me, I went home hoping for the best.
Unfortunately, it was Christmas time and I was very overwhelmed with family, so instead of trying to learn to breastfeed at this crucial time, I pumped every two hours and just fed him a bottle. I regret this wholeheartedly.
After four months of trying to get him to breastfeed, going to two different lactation consultants (who didn't seem to help much--they just kept saying it would get better), I am at my wit's end. I need help. I want to breastfeed with all my heart. I've tried everything. My son just screams and cries whenever he comes near the breast and will not even pretend to try if there is not a nipple shield. He used to breastfeed at night, but now he won't even do that anymore.
What do I do? Should I just give in and give him formula? I am losing my milk because it is exhausting to pump and wash bottles all the time. Is there any one with sound advice and wisdom?
I apologize for the long post. Please give me some hope/direction. Or just tell me it's okay to go onto formula. I am stuck in limbo between giving him supplementing him with formula and pumping breast milk.
Okay, I'm going to stop writing now. I anxiously await a reply.
Thank you so much for even reading this.