I need some help!
I've scoured all the posts on this website (and others) and have tried many suggestions that were given for overproduction/underproduction/diet changes, etc., to no avail.
I can't figure out what is going on but I will try to describe the situation . . . i do NOT want to stop breastfeeding as I really enjoy it and am not having any problems with nipple infections/breast infections, leakage, tired, etc. It's all on the baby's end (obviously it's what I am doing wrong, but I mean, it seems like SHE wants me to stop and that SHE prefers formula).
I have been breastfeeding and supplementing with one bottle per day of formula for the past six weeks of my six-week old baby's life.
I had no problems up until last week or so . . . . . . when baby is hungry she screams at the breast . . . . . wriggles and cries and SCREAMS. . . . . I manually express into her mouth to get her going and she'll suckle for a minute or so and then SCREAMS again . . . . .I wait a little while, try again, and the cycle continues until I give up and give her a bottle of formula which she finishes in olympic speed and settles down nicely for a nap. She is NOT being satisfied by my milk and seems to know that the bottle is better or somehting.
I KNOW there is milk coming out of me when she wants OFF the breast, so it's not like there is nothing left in me . . . . and I did a little comparison of the speed of flow of the bottle compared to my breast and the speed seems to be about the same . . . .
I do NOT want to stop, but I can't let this little one cry in hunger anymore. I am feeling desperate for help. Is there anyone I can CALL who will kind of work with me, one on one and help me try a few things while I respond back with results? ie: I think I need a little more help than the typical suggestions that are offered here (no offense, it's just that I tried them all and they are not working).
Is it possible that a 6-week old baby is doomed to be on formula from now on cause I had been giving her one a day since birth? Did I screw this up, royally by doing that? Is there any way to completely elminiate the bottles and get back on breast ?
Advice is appreciated.