Due to ongoing thrush, meds that made my milk taste awful and a mishmash of other issues, my 3 month old is mostly taking bottles right now. She nursed exclusively until 6 weeks, but we've struggled since week 2.
At this point, she only nurses in the middle of the night, and occasionally she will sleep through the night and miss that feeding. I still have milk though, and if I catch her in a not-too-hungry moment, I can sometimes get her to nurse in the daytime.
I haven't had much luck pumping (about a quarter oz after 20 mins of pumping) so she is getting goat milk in her bottles. We tried formula but it just wasn't a good fit for our family, and she seems to be doing very well on the goat milk. We also give her a infant's multivitamin supplement.
Usually when I try to put her to the breast, she turns her head away and cries or 'complains.' If I persist, her cry escalates, and I'm really not willing to take it to that level.
I'm hoping now to try to get her back on track with nursing....maybe even nurse full time, but I'm not sure where to start. Is she crying because of nipple confusion? Low supply?
I need tips for getting her to latch when she really wants a bottle, rebuilding supply (are herbs really effective?) and maybe some hints on how to pump mpre successfully. I have a manual pump form the hospital, and I can't afford to buy anything else at this point.
Any ideas? I need some inspiration