This was originally titled: 10mo old crying/refusing during nursing for several months. But nobody reads or responds to my posts when I title them with the actual problem, so I thought I'd try another tactic.....
My son is 10.5 months old. For the last 2 months he's been awful to breastfeed. He will latch on, suck a bit, then come off and start crying. He'll try and wriggle away from me or cry loudly until I swap him to the other breast, when he then repeats the same thing. This can go on 12-14 times before he either settles in and eats a proper feed, or I give up.
I've thought it might be several things:
-teething, but why would this go on so long? He has had 2 teeth for 3 months and has cut none since this fussing started
-slow letdown. Not a problem I've had before, but I've tried compressions and hand expressing first to hurry it along but no difference
-feeding him too often. I've cut him down from 5 feeds a day to 4 hoping that would make him hungrier, but no
-feeding position. Have tried sitting him up on my lap (a position my daughter loved), side hold, cradle hold, laying on top of me, dangling my breast while he lays down, etc. etc. no difference
-distractions. He's an easily distracted baby but even in the dark this goes on
-bottle preference. He'd had a bottle with 4oz of formula some nights after his bedtime feed, which I've stopped in case the speed it delivered milk "spoiled" him, even though I was using a stage 2 nipple so it was pretty slow. No improvement since I stopped the bottles though
The only time he feeds nicely is right after he wakes up, or during the night. He used to drink lots first thing in the morning if I laid on the guest bed with him, but now he'll just get up and try to crawl away.
What on earth could be causing this? I spend all my day worrying that he's not getting enough milk, and it's stressing me out and overshadowing any joy I should have in our breastfeeding relationship.
Has anyone got any ideas, please?
Edited by stelly - 2/18/12 at 9:19am