I am so frustrated, sad, confused, I don't know right now. I returned to work this past Tuesday and everything is going horrible right now. Ryan won't take a bottle. We have tried about 5 different bottles/nipples and as soon as it hits his lips, he starts crying/screaming. I have tried warming it up, keeping it room temp, and straight from the fridge. Nothing works. He won't take a pacifier. If I stick my pinky in his mouth, he will suck away, but as soon as I pull my pinky out and put the bottle in, he stops sucking. I have tried waiting til he drifts off to sleep, but then he just lets the bottle lay in his mouth, he doesn't suck. What do I do. He will go from 8:00 til 2:30/3:00 without eating. Dh is watching him this week and is able to bring him to me at lunch time and I nurse him, but dh goes out of town this weekend for 6 weeks and the sitter won't be able to bring him by. Is it okay for him to not nurse for that long? I have even tried using a dropper and as soon as it touches his mouth he cries. Then he cries all day, because he is so hungry, and he won't sleep, because he is so hungry! So at night, with me, he sleeps and nurses (all night long) but I don't think it is enough, because he is not having very many wet and poopy diapers.
On top of all this, when I pump, I get NOTHING!!! I tried two different double electric pumps, and I get nothing. I rented a hospital grade pump and I still get nothing. The only way I can pump any milk is if DS is nursing one side and I pump the other side. Then if he triggers a letdown, at most, I will only pump 2 oz. TOday, I pumped for 10 minutes and got just barely enough to cover the bottom of the bottle. So I used my hand to express milk and got about an ounce total from both sides. Why aren't I getting any when I pump? I know that I am not going to get a letdown from hand expressing. I am drinking enough water and started taking fenugreek, blessed thistle, alfalfa, marshmallow, and red clover. I am also drinking mothers milk tea. The very little that I am able to get pumped, gets wasted, because it is out so long trying to get Ryan to take the bottle, that we have to throw it out.
Ughh, what do I do?!!! This is stressing me out sooooo much!
and no, I can't quit my job or change my hours.