Hello fellow breastfeeding mothers, I'm in desperate need of advice and encouragement. Here is some quick background info. My daughter just turned 12 months and has been taking a bottle at daycare since she was 6 months. I pump at work and baby gets the breast in the am and pm and all weekend long. I just returned from my very first work trip where I was gone for 8 days.
Upon my arrival my supply wasn't what is used to be, so I fed baby and then had to supplement with a bottle after. That only lasted one day. Now I will try to breastfeed in the middle of the night when baby wakes, or in the am, pm, whenever and within the first two seconds she is biting down on my nipple and pulling it away from her.
I definitely let out a little shriek each time because she has a lot of teeth. She will go back and do the same thing a few times. She doesn't end up getting any milk and I don't even get a letdown because she only gives a suck or two before she bites.
In the middle of the night I went to feed her and she did the same thing and I just put her back in bed and walked away, I didn't supplement with a bottle. This morning when she got up I was hoping she would take the breast and she did the same exact thing. I tried giving her a bottle and she only took an ounce. She typically finishes a 5oz bottle in a few minutes. I know she's got some more teeth coming in but I can't help but wonder if she can't remember what the boob is for!
Is she self weaning and is there no hope to continue? I really wanted to breastfeed until she was two!