My baby has just turned 5 months old. She feeds from both sides at each feed and at last weigh-in was in the 93rd percentile for weight and 81st for height.
For approximately the last 2 weeks she has started having issues at the breast on the last feed before bedtime. She sucks a few times and then pulls away, arching and screaming. I'll swap sides, walk and rock her while feeding (moderate success) but overall she is hating it. I though that I could hear her gulping but I am showing no other signs of a fast letdown ie spraying, leaking etc and I have never had an oversupply issue. It gets to the point where she won't even go near my breast by the end of the feed.
Also, this behaviour continues throughout the feed not just at the beginning. It has started to affect putting her down to sleep as well and she crys and crys when I put her to bed but if I sit her forward she'll stop. It was so bad the other night that the whole ordeal ended up being 2 hours of hysteria over the feed and bed until she passed out cold crying in my arms as I walked her up and down.
This is not normal behaviour for her. She's usually happy to go to bed with her bunny after her feed. She has been on a proton pump inhibitor for 3 months and has only shown signs of getting better so I don't think its that. Also, any other feeds during the night she is happy to take without objection.
Other changes are that for the last 3 weeks she has moved back from 6 hourly night feeds to 3 hourly. Her daytime routine is consistently 3 hours (on demand). However she is starting to fuss during the day also, but not to the same degree and not every feed .
Last night I thought I'd pump and see if she'd accept a bottle but I had no success pumping. I've just got a spectra S1 pump to replace my Medela Symphony and thought that might be the problem but perhaps I just have no milk and am imagining her gulping? I don't understand why she isn't trying at least to get a let down if that's the case, rather than not wanting to come near me? I gave her a formula bottle and she took it happily and fell straight to sleep.
I'm really finding this very hard as she is so miserable and am worried that this is the beginning of the end for BF? We had a rocky start with health issues and feeding, and I worked so hard to get here. I would be very sad to have to stop when I had hoped to get her to a year especially because of the health benefits she was getting from it, but I can't torture her like this.
Does anyone have any insight on this? Thank you in advance for any help.