DD is 4.5 months and we are finally at the end of the road for breastfeeding after 2 months struggle on and off. She has been fussing all that time during every day feed. Arching her back, punching me, screaming, kicking, struggling, turning her head away after only a few sucks. Night feeds are usually okay, but those are pretty much all she will take, and now that I am back at work the sleep deprivation of her feeding at night and fussing all day (which means expressing for every day feed) has finally lead me to give up
I feel so sad about this. I know I'm lucky to have made it this far, and that it was a great start to her life, but I just feel soooo sad that it couldn't go on....more devastated than I ever imagined. Not sure why - maybe because I got through the blisters, the pain, the mastitis and now it has come to this???
I have a few ideas to try to improve day feeds, but I'm at the end of my tether and she now happily takes a bottle but screams and arches at my breast, so it looks pretty certain where we are headed...
I always assumed I would breastfeed for 12 months if I had the milk etc - I never assumed it would be DD that would have the issues with breastfeeding.
I know plenty of you have gone through this. Any advice to get me over being so sad about this?
Also any practical tips on how to transition to formula?