I've made so many mistakes...and now they have come back to bite me
Mistake #1...I supplemented. It was definitely needed...at first, but I never weaned him back exclusively to the breast.
Mistake #2...I introduced baby food at 4 months...
Mistake #3...I was afraid to nurse in public, even with a wrap(stupid)
These mistakes have cost me my breastfeeding relationship with my lo. I cry all the time, b/c he absolutely refuses my breast now...it's been three weeks now. I have tried everything...
skin to skin
warm baths together
quiet, tranquil surroundings...it doesn't matter, he just screams.
The day I introduced food, was the same day he stopped taking the breast.
He seems so happy and he is healthy....He is still very close and still falls asleep facing in towards my breast and even puts his hand on the breast. I try everyday, with no luck. Yesterday I offered, and he didn't scream...he just opened his mouth and smiled, but wouldn't latch. It's like a switch has gone off.
Anyway, now I exclusively pump. I start school and work next week, so that's not helping my mood either...I cry when I pump b/c I feel like it's my jail sentence for breaking breastfeeding guidelines
I now realize that I have a really slow letdown, I could never feel it when I breastfed, so maybe that was a contributing factor as well...
I wish they made one of those smiley guys that is just kicking himself, because that would be me right about now