I posted a question two weeks ago here. Now two weeks later... I'm still having some issues. Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated.... I'm feeling so lost and hurt...
Nothing much has changed the last couple of weeks. She did get her shots this past Tuesday.... so I didn't push her to practice nursing while she has been so fussy. I have taken a break for just a few days and then have been trying again this past weekend. I can typically only get her to latch once or maybe twice a day. It might be a good feeding or not. I have rented a baby scale and she can eat for 5-8 min or so and get almost two ounces that quickly from me. She sometimes shows frustration with my letdown.... sometimes she will pull of and not latch back on and get mad. Other times she will handle the letdown well and eat for a full feeding.... but then might spit up later while I burp her. That is making me think my flow is too fast for her? I have thought to pull her off and burp her during nursing, but I'm afraid I will not get her to latch back on... again, because she gets frustrated so easily. I have also tried laying back with her to nurse.... but it doesn't go much better than cradle hold.
So, basically nothing has changed for the last few weeks. I'm still pumping non-stop and having to primarily bottle feed. I just don't know what I can do to make her want the breast. I can even just put her in cradle hold or get her mouth near my breast and she will start getting mad. Other times... when she is really happy and in a good mood, I can get her to latch easily, but again, the feeding may or may not go well depending on if she gets frustrated or not.
I try to get her to sleep at my breast so she can smell me, etc.... I take baths with her and she tries to lick at me (but she doesn't latch b/c it's so slippery), I have been co-sleeping, but lately she really has wanted to sleep in her swing for the movement.... the swing has become a nightmare a little bit because I would rather her be in our bed with me. Also, we never gave pacifiers until just a week or so ago. I try to wear her in a sling, but she only tolerates it when she is sleeping or sleepy already. Otherwise, she fusses to get out and move freely.
I know this is a lot of information. I just don't know what to do at this point to make her want the breast and become an exclusively breast fed baby. I'm also afraid it's becoming to late with her.... she is now ten weeks old.
Has anyone had experience getting an older baby to EBF? And how can I make her WANT the breast?
I'm at my wits end.... and want this so terribly for me, her and "us". Any ideas or suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.