I know there are several other similar threads on this topic but I'm at my wit's end.
My three and a half week old son has been nursing every waking minute for the past two weeks. Yesterday he didn't even take his afternoon nap and fed constantly from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with only three or four fifteen to twenty minute naps scattered throughout the day. Because of his medically managed birth (pitocin, epidural, c-section) there have been some problems with my milk supply and we had to give him formula at five days old because my milk hadn't come in but we've been exclusively breastfeeding since he was a week old and he definitely prefers the breast. I've been working with a Lactation consultant which has helped a lot but it's still extremely rough going. Right now I'm on about every supplement known to increase milk supply as well as domperidone, oatmeal, and tons of Omega 3 fats.
If this continues I don't think we can keep breastfeeding. I'm starting to resent my son for needing to be attached to my boob 12 to 16 hours a day. Not taking his afternoon nap yesterday was the last straw because that has been his only predictable nap and my only chance to regain my sanity. It makes me so angry that by the end of the evening he's screaming, pushing me away, hitting, scratching, and kicking me, snapping my nipple, and getting lazy about his normally good latch so my nipples start to hurt yet he screams even more if I stop feeding him. And yes, I've tried a sling and it only works about a third of the time. I've tried burping him when he starts actibg so horrendously but that doesn't seem to work either. I also want to smack people who keep telling me how much I should be enjoying this time or telling me to stick my pinky in his mouth or any other standard suggestions that don't work. I know this won't last forever but I'm not going to make it if it lasts more than another week or two. I don't think I'll even make it that long. I'm so tired of every waking minute of my life being consumed by breastfeeding.