I'm a first time mom breast feeding my 6 week old. I really value the benefits of breast feeding but its been challenging since day one. A few days after she was born she developed jaundice so the pediatrician said we needed to suppliment with formula. We used a syringe to avoid nipple confusion. I was having difficulty, so I began pumping and feeding her the breastmilk with the syringe as well as formula. Feeding her that way took forever so we gave in to the bottle, but I was only producing an ounce when I pumped (every 3 hours).
I went to a LC and she said to put baby back on the breast. So after her roller coaster feeding experience we are back to the breast. Fortunately she knows how to latch and does a good job nursing. However, she will randomly start crying in the middle of a feeding and refuse to relatch. I try several times, burp her, check her diaper, make sure she is comfortable overall, then try again. I have tried for half an hour at a time, offering both breasts but she just gets frustrated as do I. She is still getting formula mainly because she seems to frantically hungry and I don't want to starve her when she won't latch. I feel guilty giving her formula, but I only do so as a last resort.
I figure she has had a month to transition from the bottle to the breast, so I'm not sure why she gets so fussy and fights me. I have noticed it gets progressively worst as the day goes on. Please help this frustrated duo!