I am almost at the point of giving up breastfeeding. It is finally taking it's toll on me. My daughter is almost 4 months old and for the last month we have been having major nursing issues. She has always been an "active" nurser, but lately it's bordering on the ridiculous.
I suspected I had a supply issue. I have been exclusively breastfeeding since the beginning and my baby started sleeping through the night---giving up her nighttime feeding at around 7 wks. Therefore, I got to sleep more. Then she kept sleeping longer and longer at night. So, my period returned last month, much to my dismay. I researched all of this, by the way.
Anyway, my daughter is still eating every 2 hours all day, which is fine with me...but she began to be fussy at feeding times---pulling off after about 2 or 3 minutes on each side. I don't think it's reflux b/c she's fine initially. I guess when the flow slows she gets frustrated. I end up switching her back and forth between breasts the entire time just to keep her nursing. She also doesn't want to wait for the letdown so alot of times I'm forced to pump for the letdown before I start feeding her. But this isn't always possible. I'm starting to feel chained to my home!
I have been drinking plenty and even taking fenugreek and blessed thistle for the last 3 wks. or so. I also pump before I go to bed. I do not have time to pump during the day (because of her and her not napping) and am also afraid that if I do I won't have enough for the next feeding. I am only able to pump ~2 oz. or less each time.
The trouble here is...she won't take a supplemental bottle after most feedings (breast milk or formula). Is she not hungry? She sure acts like she wants to keep eating. She'll keep popping back on to suck a few times and then gets angry again. This is the same baby who had been taking a nighttime bottle from her dad at week #2 with no problem whatsoever.
I feel like no one is really helping me. I've been to my ped and have spoken to 2 different lactation consultants. Every nursing session is filled with dread on my part and I just want my baby to be satisfied! Now I even have to walk around and nurse her sometimes just to try and keep her going. It's killing my poor back!
I am at the end of my nursing rope. Please help if you can!
PS: I forgot to mention that she nurses great for the first 2 feedings of the day, or when she is sleepy...