Originally Posted by arismama!
your son is only four months old right? are you completly set on not breastfeeding anymore? can i encourage you to get some assistance with breastfeeding so you dont have to ep? it just #1 sounds so hard, so much more work than nursing and #2 most nursing problems can be fixed, there are lots of people who have probly seen whatever difficulties you and ds may be experiencing w/ breastfeeding and these folks could help you.
there are major benefits to baby and you for breastfeeding, and not just feeding ebm in a bottle.
either way, whatever the situation may be with your breastfeeidng troubles, what type of pump are you using? how often are you pumping? do you feel engorged, are there any areas of redness on your breasts, or sore spots besides the nipples? it could be thrush, which can give you shooting pains upon latching on or initiating the pump. i would encourage you to see a lactation consultant or La Leche League leader and discuss this.
Thank you for your suggestions, however I have consulted with a lactation consultant and she is also at a loss as to what is happening.
I breastfed my DD for 15+ months and did wonderful with her - I also did pump when I returned to work so she could have expressed milk while I worked. I never had the soreness issues with her then again I was not pumping round the clock.
My son has refused to nurse and I at first thought it was a plain old nursing strike, however he would return to the breast and then refuse it again and the breaking point was when he got sick with RSV - I did not want to add to his stress by continuing to try to coax him back. His latch was excellent from the beggining, however he was in the NICU and had the extra strength suction apparatus used in hospital and I wonder if this had something to do with it. He nursed well up until around 3 months which also coincided with the holidays and additional stress on our household.
Both the LC and I thought that this would be the next best thing.