I am struggling to breast feed my 2.5 month old daughter. Because of her health issues, she only partially breast fed (mostly with the assistance of a nipple shield) for the first week of her life.
I am finger feeding now and she has not had a bottle in several days. She is doing okay with the finger feeding, but obviously, I don't want to be doing this forever. Her typical response to my breast is to scream. She often screams just when I hold her in a cradle hold. She used to latch on once in a while when she was in a very good mood or very tired - then after a few minutes, she'd seem to "realize" what was going on and start crying. Since I've gone to finger feeding exclusively, she's latched on only once. I'm not sure that her problem is the sucking ... I think the problem is that she doesn't like or is terrified of my breasts.
My question is ... is there any hope? She's 2.5 months old and has never really breast fed. Is it too late? Is there a point at which she'll be old enough to understand that the breast is okay and has milk in it, but still be young enough to breast feed? I am pretty frustrated. I hate pumping, and life would be so much easier for both of us if she drank directly from the tap!