I am having some trouble bfing my 10 month old son.
For the last month he has become increasingly uninterested in bfing. I assumed I could get through this and just offered him the breast through the day, but recently he's become very rough and pulls his head back when feeding and pushes with his hand on my breast. Often it's hard enough that he pulls the nipple right out of his mouth. He also pops on and off frequently and sometimes struggles to get down and appears not interested at all.
I can usually get him to have one to two decent feeds in a 24 hour period and I am offering it to him plenty (and have tried feeding in a calm dark and quiet environment to no avail).
He's on three meals a day and has 8 teeth. The problem with the teeth is that now that he's becoming a bit more mobile and the breast it is very painful to feed him as his teeth must be rubbing on me or something. There are raw areas where the skin has been rubbed off (where his top teeth sit) which turn into scabs and then are reopened every time I feed him.
I would really like to make it to a year as I think it's important for him to be getting the nutrients from my milk, but its becoming almost like a fight to get him to sit still when he feeds, or to even feed at all! Plus it is now very painful.
He won't drink more than 20-30ml out of a bottle or a sippy cup, but I have had some luck getting him to drink water/expressed milk out of a push top water bottle (for some reason he likes these).
I was thinking maybe I could give him a feed first thing in the morning before breakfast, and a second feed before bed time (of course if he is asking/seeming like he wants it during the day I will give it but if he doesn't seem to notice I won't).
But how much water or expressed milk will he need between when he feeds in the morning and when he feeds at bedtime? Don't want him to get dehydrated especially since we are coming into summer.
If you have any other ideas or anything that I could try please let me know as I am at my wits end and dreading each feed as they are terribly painful!
Thanks in advance
Chloe and Jack
PS he is a very active boy and missing feeds (when he's not interested) has not effected his energy at all. He still appears healthy and happy even when he hasn't had a milk feed in 7-8 hours (this happens when I work my long shift which I do once a week and I send expressed milk with him which he's not interested in and doesn't drink more than about 20ml).