Hello! Soon after the birth of my daughter I realized that she could not physically latch on to nurse. After hours "practicing" and working various lactation consultants, it was quite apparent that my daughter could not nurse from me until she had a surgery on her tongue. However, even after the surgery she would not nurse since she had taken so many bottles of breastmilk by then. I successfully breastfed my daughter for 13 months only pumping. Many lactation consultants told me that this would most likely not work, but it did. I was blessed with a wonderful milk supply and kept up with the pumping every day for 10-15 min. every 2-3 hours. I would highly recommend the Medela Pump in Style! So if you are not having success with nursing, try pumping! It was that important for me that my daughter have breastmilk, so I found something that worked for me. It was time consuming, but I just worked it in to my daily schedule and enjoyed the extra time to do more reading. Furthermore, I also got to experience the joys of bottle feeding....She wasn't tied to me for feedings and others got to feed her as well.
Good luck to any long term pumpers out there! Please let me know if I can be of assistance or support!