hi I am new to this forum and have been reading the threads that seem to relate to my breastfeeding problems but am still at a loss and looking for advice.I have a beautiful 16 week old daughter who is generally content and gaining weight well but has had various problems related to her feeding.
Our current problem that has me puzzled is when I put my daughter to the breast she sucks for 1 or 2 minutes then pulls away screaming. Sometimes she will quickly go back on and then do the same thing again, other times she will not go back on at all!I try to burp her in the hope it will help but doesn't. The only way she will feed is if I rock her and keep her in motion which is physically exhausting and impossible to do out in public - she makes such a scene!It is like she is in pain.I know it is not thrush as she had that when she was 4 weeks old for over a month and it did not put her off feeding at all(it is now well cleared up thankfully).
My daughter suffers from reflux and is given Infant Gaviscon which appears to help, however she will only take this from a bottle with a little EBM.I give her
this before I put her on the breast. Also I have an abundance of milk with a very overactive letdown so I express a little milk before a feed to reduce the force of the flow of milk.She has never been a relaxed feeder, my health visitor has described her as an aggressive feeder as she often thrashes around, punches out and scratches herself while feeding while also trying to look at what is going on around her.I have to remove all kinds of stimulation while feeding her which is fine when we are in the house but not out and about!
The screaming while feeding started about 2 months ago but was only once a day which I could cope with. For the past 3 weeks it has been happening at every feed except first thing in the morning. I want to continue breastfeeding but am finding this so hard that I am considering giving it up ...any help would be greatly appreciated.