This is about the seventeenth time I have started this thread. It keeps coming out much longer than I intend (mostly with explanations of the things I've already tried) so I'm trying again. Here goes:
My son is fourteen months old. When he was 5 months old, I had a nipple trauma (caused by what, we don't know) followed by thrush, and since then nursing has sucked. I hurt and bleed. I could give you lots of details on the things I have tried and the professionals I have seen, but it doesn't matter. The whole thing has been heartbreaking to say the least.
For a while, we have been down to three feeds a day. And now, the pain is back in a major way and I need to drop one. Until I decide what to do, I'm pumping, but I can't keep this up.
I need to replace a feed with a bottle (can't *eliminate* a feed, as he's not ready - we've tried). But which feed, and a bottle of what? He's allergic to dairy, even goat. He can't have more rice milk than he's getting as he gets constipated. Soy milk? He can have that, even though I'm not very comfortable with him having much. Formula? He's never had it, but should we try it? Water? Or maybe a solids snack? Of what?
OK. I really am leaving out a lot, but you get the gist. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated!