My LO is 6 weeks old and VERY fussy at the breast. We've gone through a few growth spurts and cluster feedings, but this time is far worst!
First, my daughter was a late preemie at 35 weeks. Latching the first few days was hard, but with the help of my LC she really started to pick up and latching wasn't a problem.
Now, at six weeks she's constantly pulling off the breast. I've had myself and her checked for thrush and neither of us have it or show symptoms. I don't have mastitis either.
I do not exclusively breastfeed. I have supplement her and use a bottle at most of the feedings now. I've began to pump in fear that I'll lose my supply. Since I've began pumping my breast have been full, and when I put her on I notice I may have a forceful let-down. She tend pulls off. So, I pump to soften the nipples to fit her mouth better and that doesn't work. However, later in the day when my supply is low she's extremely fussy because my let-down is too slow. When I give her a bottle she doesn't fuss at all. She has no problem latching on. It's the staying latched on that's the problem. She'll pull off every 10 seconds-2 minutes, and I'm constantly switching her breast. This has been going on for over a week. I've switched the nipple on the bottles to a slow release nipple to stop her from getting used to the fast flow of bottles, and that really makes her fussy!!
I haven't gone back to the other nipples, and I'm still persistent on putting her to the breast. I want to exclusively breastfeed her, and I'm tired of supplementing or using a bottle b/c I'm the absolute worst at pumping!
I do soothe her. I give her baths or she'll take one with me, lots of skin-to-skin, taking walks, singing, giving her to someone else, and even a few nursing vacations. Am I missing something? Is it unreasonable to not see hardly any improvement after a week? I don't want her to be hungry or frustrated all the time which seems to be the case. I hardly have any support as it is. What should I do? Do you think a nipple shield will work? PLEASE HELP!