I am a first time mom to a beautiful five month old baby girl. I planned on breastfeeding her and had not anticipated having any problems doing so. She latched on like a pro in the hospital and was breastfeeding great so I did not ask for any help and assumed we would be fine when I brought her home.
Two days after we brought her home she started refusing to BF and got extremely upset when I would try to get her latched on. It was a Saturday when we started having problems so when I called the hospital lactation consultant for help all they could tell me was to give her formula to get through the weekend because no one could see me until Monday.
Well, I was not going to give my newborn formula if I could help it so I went out and bought a pump at walmart and was able to get a good amount of BM for her. She was a different baby when she was finally able to get her tummy full and I was just happy to be able to feed her and not have her so upset. I had never heard of a breast shield or I would have tried that before giving her a bottle. By the time Monday came around and the LC told me to try a breast shield the damage had been done and my baby would not accept anything other than the bottle.
I spend the entire month crying and trying desperately to get her to nurse while continuing to use my pump to feed her. Some days she would for a few minutes and other days she wouldn't have anything to do with it. After a month of failed attempts to get her to BF I finally gave up.
Now that she is older I really want to try and teach her to BF. Is it even possible? Has anyone been able to teach an older baby how to BF after having a bottle? I have felt like such a failure over this whole thing. All the women in my family breastfeed their babies and it is almost embarrassing pulling out a bottle for her when I am at family events. Does anyone know of a bottle or nipple that would maybe be helpful for making an easier transition? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.