I have a 1 week old baby girl who I am trying to breastfeed (I am pumping now with a rented pump from the hospital to provide her with breast milk). She takes her breast milk from a bottle. I do regret that move but to try and finger feed a screaming newborn for every feeding just got to be too much.
Since the day she was born she has latched on to my breast, sucked 2-3 times and pulled away. She will do this several times before she finally has had enough and starts to scream and beat my breast with her angry little fists. Nursing session over.
The lactation nurses at the hospital thought she was just frustrated because my milk hadn't come in yet. Well, my milk has come in and it is the same story.
I feel like I've tried everything at this point. Skin-to-skin, tried an SNS a few times (gave her too much milk!), tried feeding her when she was calm and not starving, giving her lots of opportinities to try -- I am so frustrated!!
I so very much want to be able to nurse my daughter. Anyone had a similar experience and figured out what was wrong? Or perhaps she is just really fiesty & it will take some time for us to jive? I just want to enjoy this time instead of constantly juggling pumping, feeding and being a mom to my other daughter. Help?
Thank you so much.