Hello, I'm new here and need support.
My 4 week old baby has had latching problems since day one. According to the lactation specialist, my nipples are too short so she recommended using a nipple shield. I've been expressing milk and feeding him, but somehow just last week he figured it out and started to breastfeed. (with the shield on) Then just yesterday, he started crying and fussing and stopped breast feeding so I'm back to feeding him with a bottle. Furthermore, we've been topping him off with some formula since I am not producing enough milk (roughly 2oz total per 20 min of pumping).
I think he's getting confused between my nipple and bottle nipple and that frustrates him too much. (I'm even using Second Nature bottle so he has to suck to get milk out) What am I supposed to do? I can't just stop feeding him with a bottle or else he'll starve, but he doesn't seem to be able to go back and forth between the bottle and my nipple.
Breastfeeding has been a major stress factor and I dread it every time. No matter how optimistic I try to be, every time I try to latch him on, he screams, kicks, punches me and I end up just pumping so I can feed him afterwards. I am so stressed out and so ready to quit breastfeeding.