I have a three month old son who absolutely refuses to nurse. He can be happy/tired/sleeping, etc. and when I put him to the breast he gets so angry it is hard to calm him down. He nursed okay, but not great, until I had to return to work at six weeks and had to give him bottles. I talked with my lc about this and she said to use Playtex Nursers and hold it horizontally so he has to work just as hard at the bottle as at the breast. So we do this, and he does fine with the bottle. But still, at the breast he screams. I have also tried giving him time with the breast without nursing and he is fine with that.
I have stopped trying to breastfeed as I was still trying several times a day, but it got to the point where he gets so upset it is hard for him to get over it. I have been pumping exclusively since I went back to work and so far have been getting enough milk for him. He sometimes needs a formula bottle once or twice a week, but not every week. I feel so guilty whenever I need to give him a formula bottle.
I have never been able to pump enough to freeze, whatever I pump he gets the same day. right now he is taking about four to five oz. about 28-32 oz a day. I'm just worried that when he starts taking more than that we'll have to resort to giving him more formula bottles.
I'm pumping about six times a day. I'm not allowed to pump at work, so unfortunately I have to go a five hour stretch every day without pumping. Also, do you think I should be getting up during the night to pump? He has been sleeping through the night for two weeks and I have not been getting up to pump. Should I start trying to make him breastfeed or should I just bottle feed since that is what he is happy with? I wanted to try to breastfeed until he was close to a year, but right now am just trying to make it to six months as pumping seems like such a hassle.
Thanks in advance for your help.