My DS is 4 months old. He has been EBF since day one! I would occasionally give a bottle of BF if we were out! I was pumping in the beginning to store up some milk for occasional bottle, but haven't touched it it months!
the last two weeks, my DS has been hysterical crying at the breast...every feed is a struggle..if he does eventually latch for more than 2-3 sucks, he usually falls asleep shortly after and I think it is due to exhaustion rather than finished feeding
I have tried every position - cradle, football, sitting up, laying on top, laying down side by side, feeding from each breast (which is another concern bec I am worried he is just getting foremilk because I have to go back and forth between breasts until he finally "gives in") I have also tried us being naked together, sometimes stroking his head with my hand works...but not always...
Is this what I read about on here a "nursing strike"???...It has been the longest two weeks. I tear up every feed from frustration! He has plenty of poop/pee diapers-which amazes me! its prob bec he is always hungry...so sometimes i feed earlier than the usu 2hrs.
I am going to try to hold off on giving any bottles to see i that helps...
When he is hysterical my husband takes him and with a binkie he usu calms down and/or falls asleep..I swear it is bec I am out of "smelling range"
But why all of a sudden?!?! we were doing fine!! I dont know if I can take much more...i feel so bad his screeching cry makes me cry =( What else can I do...
I try to feed before he is starving ths doesnt always work either!!
I am wondering if I should maybe try bottles and exclusively pump...but I am afraid this will be difficult with 2 kids under 2..I did this with my DD for a couple of months but she was my first.
Does nipple shields help in these situations??
Sorry I am rambling,, but i would really like to fix this and soon..
I appreciate any advice
ETA: when he does latch oftn hear loud gulping..i think it might be coming out too fast.its like he is choking,,,.if it is OALD...why all of a sudden...i would think he would be used to it now or it would have adjusted