I've made it through unbearable pain, clogged ducts, and mastitis. Just when the going is good my daughter ups and screams when I attempt to nurse. We're going on 2 solid weeks of inconsistent behavior including refusing the breast all together, blood curdling screams, nursing successfully for a whole day (yea!), nursing well on and off for a day, nursing for 2 minutes then switching sides for another measly 2 or 3 minutes, and latching on and off so many times it makes me dizzy.
I'm stubborn and am determined to breastfeed as long as possible, but I'm beginning to get discouraged and worn down. We've resorted to pumping and bottle feeding all day and giving formula once before bed to help with my milk storage. I'm afraid we'll be going to 2 formula bottles pretty soon as I can't keep up with her demand. I just can't pump as much as I need to for each of her feedings. She's eating about 5 oz. per feeding and I'm lucky if I can get 4 oz when I pump.
I've tried skin to skin, calming atmospheres, varying positions, and lots of snuggling.
Any suggestions or advice? I need to get through one day without crying to feel sane again!