I'm sorry to be such a pain and post with the same thing but today has been terrible!!! I really am thinking that this is the end of breastfeeding for me and my LO. I am gutted, upset, angry and a whole lot of different emotions. I just want to burst into tears! This has been going on for 6/7 weeks now!
I posted a couple of weeks back about my LO refusing to nurse. She does nurse - but only during the night. This isn't enough for a 7 month old is it.
Last night she didn't nurse whatsoever - but was still up, crying etc. She had a feed this morning but since then, evertyime i've tried to feed her she's having none of it. I feel as if i'm just upsetting her now and making her think that feeding is a horrible time. She's also started biting as she's two new teeth (I originally thought she was like this due to teething). I'm not making any noise when she bites, it is extremely painful and my nipples are starting to go pink, like they did in the begininng. If she's biting, is that her way of saying she doesn't want it anymore? I've offered her a feed so many times today - before giving her solids, but she just gets hysterical - which in turn is starting to get me very down. I do feel as if she's starting to wean - but lots of people have told me this is very rare for my LO being so young.
Originally it started with me having to walk around with her until I got the let-down reflex, but she's not even willing to do that anymore.
If my supply was really low - would that effect the let-down reflex or how long it takes for it to happen? Sorry it's such a silly question, but i'm just so confused at the moment. I really don't want to give up, but feel as if i've no option - she's telling me she doesn't like it anymore and it's so hurtful!
I was thinking the way she was today may have something to do with my supply. I normally work full time but have today off. So when it came to the time she normally has a bottle, I tried to feed her myself (I refuse to give her a bottle when she's at home with me). But since my boobs have got used to not feeding at these times there wouldn't have been much there, is that right? I don't pump either. She was latching on and sucking for a few seconds but then just getting really upset.
This is awful - I just don't know what to do. Is it ok for her to just have a morning and evening feed? What about fluids in between, shall I give her water?
I never expected it to turn out like this - it's just too sudden!
Please, if anyone has gone through a similar situation and managed to get the LO to nurse properly again, let me know so I have at least a glimmer of hope. I'm starting to take it all far too personally, as if my LO is the only LO in the world to have done this! It's crazy.
So sorry it's long, thanks for reading.