I am new to the forums here, but I have no idea where else to turn. I have tried contacting one of the leaders in a nearby area and have not had a response yet. My leader that I would normally go to for issues had something terrible happen, and I cannot talk to her at the moment. She is going through enough as it is.
Let me start by saying this. I am pregnant. I am 16 weeks to be exact. I had to night wean a few weeks ago because of pure exhaustion. My daughter still liked to nurse every few hours at night. She has always nursed a lot. We have had a lot of issues and problems on our journey here breastfeeding. She has always had problems with her latch. I will fix it and then it will start back up again. The problem now is that she is a lot more stubborn and I am having some real issues.
I know nipples can be sore from pregnancy, but I am not so sure that is the problem. I think this because sometimes I will get her latched on and it is fine for about 5 minutes and then it starts to hurt. It almost feels like she is resting her teeth on my nipple. I have tried to make her open big and then I pull her in fast. She gets very angry and wants to slide down. She does not want to nurse with my nipple in. If I can get her to do this it usually feels pretty good.
I just don't know what to do. I kept having to take her off the breast and then she got so upset I could not calm her down. She cries and cries (screaching) and it is really starting to make me cry to. My husband is deployed and I live in Germany. I have a few friends, but I feel so alone a lot of the time. None of my friends has had to deal with a baby like this or they don't breastfeed at all.
I don't want breastfeeding to turn into something terrible. I want it to be enjoyable. I don't feel like she is ready to wean, and I don't feel like I am ready for her to. She just started eating solids a few months ago on a normal basis, and she has LOTS of food allergies. She actually just started eating normal meals a few weeks ago. I just don't know how I would get her to eat healthy if I don't breastfeed. I think it is so important.
Any help would be much appreciated. I am at a loss and I just don't know what to do anymore.