I never thought I would say this, but I am at my wits end and ready to quit. My goal was to BF until 2 years but we just hit 10 months and I don't think I can go much longer. The baby has lost all patience for initiating letdown. She won't stay latched long enough to initiate and gets frustrated because milk doesn't come out instantly. I have to use my pump to initiate letdown or she will go without nursing. It started 2 months ago with only the bedtime feeding, then went to last 2 feedings of the day, and now it's every feeding except the first one in the morning. It makes me feel like she hates breastfeeding and I am torturing her trying to force her to breastfeed.
We saw a an IBLC LC who recommended getting her tongue and lip clipped but my husband just doesn't support that at 10 months so that's not an option.
Is there any hope, if I keep using the pump to initiate letdown, she will ever nurse on her own again? It's so stressful for both of us, it is impacting our relationship. It's been going on for 2 months.
She gets 3 bottles a day M-F (slowest flow available) but nurses exclusively on weekends and evenings.