I posted here a while ago asking some advice, and at that time DS (then 7 weeks old) wasn't nursing, period. We had a very rocky road with breastfeeding in the beginning, and by the time he was 2 weeks old I was exclusively pumping, and offering him the expressed breastmilk in a bottle.
Now, my nipples are healed enough that I can tolerate him latching and it is no longer painful on the rare occasion that he will breastfeed. It is my goal to get him back to mainly breastfeeding (he will have to be bottle-fed some days as I am now back at work).
For the past week I have been able to nurse him all night without a problem. He does tend to fall asleep pretty quickly during his feedings and doesn't empty my breasts all the way, so I end up having to pump at least once a night, anyway (since I have been pumping so much I am very paranoid of losing my supply if I don't thoroughly empty my breasts).
However, LO (he's ten weeks old this Saturday) outright refuses the breast during the day! I have tried skin-to-skin, I've tried taking him into the bedroom, shutting off the lights, and laying back with him like I do at night. Nothing works! It's gotten to the point where he tenses up and starts fussing as soon as I position him near my breast. If I persist, it usually ends up with him screaming so hard he chokes/gags himself, and me getting very stressed at seeing my baby boy so upset! Then, when I have no choice but to use the bottle, I feel like I'm just setting our progress back even further!
I was wondering if anyone might have experienced something similar? Can I do anything to help ease my LO back to the breast? I have come to highly cherish those rare moments when he will nurse -- I love the feeling of cradling him against me, and being able to look down into his eyes he's nursing, and seeing the way his lips will sometimes quirk up into a smile even while he's eating! I'd love to be able to breastfeed whenever I'm with him, I feel like it does wonders for our bonding.
Thank you in advance for any advice you may have!