My daughter is 5 days old. Since day one she refuses the breast. I tried so hard even with the help of the nurses and lactation consultant at the hospital. No one could get her to do it. She just screams if I try to make her nurse. I've been feeding her formula after the 2nd day (I'd rather her eat formula than nothing at all). The nurses and lactation consultant at the hospital also tried forcing her to do it, which I think may be part of the problem? It's like she's traumatized by my breasts. She sees that I'm going to have her try and she starts screaming. It's awful. I've been trying the "laid back approach" since I got home, but even them as soon as I put it in her mouth, she starts screaming.
Any advice? I really want to make this work. It was my #1 goal throughout my pregnancy. I took all the classes, read the books, even went to a couple Le Leche meetings. I don't know what to do at this point. My milk hasn't come in yet (although I can feel it starting today). I've been hoping that once it fully comes in she'll start latching since it'll be easier for her to get food? I feel like I shouldn't fully give up yet. We are practicing every day still. I'll try when she first starts waking up, before she starts crying because she's hungry. First sign I see that she's ready to eat I try enticing her to take MY nipple. But it's still not working. Same thing, screaming and crying until I give her a bottle.
I'm actually surprised that I'm not completely devastated and depressed about failing. It makes me more sad to see her so upset, honestly.