This is long-winded, I'm sorry!
My son turns 8 months old in a couple days. I am freaking out because the last 2 weeks he has begun to actually refuse boobie at feedings! I've had him be not very interested or fussy before, but he now does everything physically possible to get away from me. I even tried nursing him on all fours (I felt like a cow) so he couldn't get away from me. But he just won't have it. We've had issues since he was about 3 weeks old when he would just start crying/whimpering/fussing while eating and not want to eat, but overall, had a very nice BFing relationship. My local LLL leader observed him feeding and he latches just fine. He's just fussy at eating.
And to top that all off, he became a slow gainer after about 10 weeks old. He was a big boy when he was born and was in the 75th percentile for everything. He began to drop off the bottom of the charts at 2 months. He is currently in the 3rd percentile. Well, because of all of this, I started to supplement him with formula at 6 1/2 months (rice cereal introduced at 5 months) . NOW HE LIKES THE BOTTLE more than the breast. He gets the milk faster. He now has ZERO PATIENCE to wait for my letdown, which is now taking up to 3 minutes to happen, whereas it used to be in 30-90 seconds. When my milk does finally let down, he is happy and nurses quickly and eagerly and takes both breasts. But getting him to stay latched on until a letdown happens is next to impossible. The only feeding he is relaxed for is the middle of the night one when he is practically still asleep.
And to top it all off, I leave for 5 nights/6 days on an out of town business trip the first week of April. I'm anxious that he'll wean when I'm gone and that my supply will dwindle to nothing by just pumping with my Pump in Style Medela pump.
Does anyone have advice on how I can salvage this breastfeeding relationship, and any advice on what to do when I get back from my trip to encourage him to start nursing again and to keep my supply up while I"m away? I don't want to give up breastfeeding yet, but I'm also so discouraged and just want my baby to gain weight, be happy, and for me to not be so stressed out about this anymore.