We have a 100-day son, who has been breast fed (with only 1 bottle/day) for the past 3 months, now only wants bottle and refuses to latch, and we wonder how hard we should try to get him back to feeding on my breast, especially considering that I am going back to work full time in 10 days. We understand all the benefits of breast feeding, but I am so tired and frustrated.
He just got through a growth spurt last weekend, during which he started getting inpatient with my breast so we gave him bottles (with my breast milk) whenever he got frustrated with my breasts, so he only sucked on one or both breasts once for 5-10 minutes. My milk supply is fine because I can pump enough milk out to satisfy him. But now he only wants to suck on one breast for 5 minutes and then refuses to latch any more and starts screaming. Today, we tried to breastfeed him 3 times, and they all ended up in bottles. The last time we tried to force him to stay on my breast and he screamed for 15 minutes and we gave up.
At this rate, we are concerned that he would abandon breast entirely in a matter of days. Our original goal was to continue feeding him on my breasts at least once or twice a day (before and after I go to work) until he is 9 months, and still breast feed him once a day 9 month to a year or two. I will definitely give him 100% breast milk for the first 4 months, and probably the first 6 months. But the
bonding is important for us as well.
Any suggestion will be highly appreciated. Thank you very much