I have a 6 month old who I planned to breastfeed for the entire year. Now we are experiencing some problems that I am not sure how to address. It has always been difficult for us. I have had supply issues in the past and supplemented, pumped, fenugreeked, etc, but the ONLY thing that worked for us was for me just to constantly feed her. We have had other various breastfeeding issues too.
But lately almost every time I nurse her, she sucks for a few seconds, pulls off and tries to pull herself up. Then she arches her back like she wants to latch on again--sometimes she does latch on again and sometimes she just screams at me. I usually switch her to the other side, which helps a little bit, but then we go through the whole pattern again of sucking a few times, sitting up, and then arching back down to latch back on. I switch sides when she just screams and won't latch on to that side at all. I eventually just give up and give her the pacifier until we can try it again. She is usually pretty content with that and will go play or take a nap or something. But she can't be getting near enough food.
Is this a nursing strike, supply issue, weaning sign? Is she frustrated that the flow is not fast enough? What does everyone think? I try to burp her and that doesn't seem to help, plus it just pisses her off more. She is kinda tempermental anyways though. I also try different positions, laying down, walking around, etc. Nothing seems to help.
This has gone on for a few days and I am worried that I am losing supply. I started her on solids recently and I think it has gotten worse since I started her on solids, but I am pretty sure she was doing some of this before.
I did try to give her a bottle of formula this morning (which she has had before) and she doesn't have any interest in taking it. She apparently wants to nurse I think, but is becoming frustrated by it or something. I am going to probably increase her solids a little to see if that helps. She is only about 13.5 lbs at 6 mo and that worries me a little. She has gained around a lb since her 4 mo well check and I know she should have really gained closer to 2. She has fat rolls though and stuff so the ped was worried at her 4 mo.