My 4-month old hasn't been nursing since she was 1.5 months old due to illness. She is healthy now, eating enough and gaining weight well.
In the last two weeks I've been trying to switch her back to breastfeeding. She agrees to nurse only in the morning, only when she is still sleepy. Otherwise she refuses the breast and cries (she is a very calm baby otherwise). I have been trying to use a nipple shield (I got it from an LC at the hospital 3 months ago) but it didn't make a difference.
When she does nurse in the morning, she'll be at one breast for 10 minutes and then fall asleep, and nurse again after 1.5-2 hours at the other breast for 10 minutes. Then I supplement with a bottle (she typically takes in another 1 oz from the bottle after nursing). (When she doesn't nurse, I pump around 3 oz from each breast in the morning).
But at other times during the day she generally refuses to nurse and cries for the bottle.
I am exhausted by the constant pumping... and I'd love to switch back to exclusive breastfeeding (she will however have to get BM in a bottle when I'm at work).
Is it possible at all for us to re-establish breastfeeding? How do I get her to like it again?
For the bottle feeding, I've been using Playtex slow-flow latex nipples - is there something better, that resembles the breast more?
Since she was ill and tube-fed for 10 days, she's been taking a pacifier. Does that interfere with my attempts to get her to nurse again?
Any advice will be more than welcome!