Hello, I am new to this board and really happy to have found it. I was wondering if some of you might be able to shed some light on my situation. My 6 month old daughter had been breastfed since birth, until about 2 weeks ago. From the start I've supplemented her with bottles, although it was never something I wanted to do. I really wanted to nurse exclusively, but it always seemed as though I didn't have enough milk for her. I did all of the recommended things to increase supply. I could never figure out if it was a supply issue, or if there were other factors involved.
Around 3 months of age, she began having nursing strikes about every 2 weeks, which made things even more difficult. Since then it's been as though she just prefers bottles. I could get her to latch on, but only if she's not distracted, and she'll only suck for a minute of so. I began giving her bottles, and pumping several times a day. Over a few week period, I noticed my supply dwindling. I went from being able to pump 2-3 ounces, to only a few drops. Then, two weeks ago she started biting hard with her new teeth, and I made the decision to wean her. I felt horrible about it, and I still do. I've always wished to nurse her into toddlerhood.
So, now today, she was fussing, so I decided to offer the breast just to see what would happen. She latched on and nursed for a minute! Then I tried it again later, and it worked again. I am able to squeeze some milk out by hand, which surprised me because I thought for sure I'd dried up. Now I'm all excited, and I'm thinking of maybe trying a nursing trainer to get her back to the breast. But, I'm nervous because I don't want to get myself all worked up and then be rejected again. Also, I'm kind of embarrassed because my husband doesn't understand why I'm so adamant about continuing to nurse, and he thinks I'm just driving myself crazy. I feel like I need his support to be able to do this successfully, but I doubt I can get it from him.
So, I'm not sure what kind of advice I'm looking for, but anything anyone might be able to offer would surely help. Just getting it off my chest has been helpful as it is.
Thank you so much!