Wendi - posted on 06/02/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )
So here are a few problems I have encountered so far regarding breastfeeding...
1) My 8 1/2 month old is sick and can't breathe through her nose. Everytime I try to breastfeed her, she latches for a second, then pulls away because she's suffocating. So I pumped a bunch of milk and add it to her cereal when I feed her pablum. I also add some formula powder to her pablum as well, to make sure she's getting enough nutrience. I'm afraid this is the beginning of weaning her off my breast. Once her cold is over, she may not want to drink from my breasts.
2) When my daughter isn't sick, and breastfeeding is a normal routine, I find my daughter is constantly distracted and ends up only drinking a small amount of milk before I put the boobs away in frustration. I tried turning the TV off, I tried going into her nursery and using the rocking chair, I've tried music, but there always seems to be some kind of distraction.
3) I bought a Medella pump thinking this would be a good way to pump. For the first 5 months I had no problem with milk, so I didn't bother pumping. When I finally got around to pumping, I found it so difficult and could only get an ounce of milk, maybe 2 at the most. I am starting to wonder if my pump is broken and has been from the beginning.
4) I've been breastfeeding for almost 9 months and I honestly feel like stopping. I know breast is best, but sometimes I think it would just be more convenient to give her a bottle. I've actually tried to put some breastmilk in a bottle, but since it only lasts for 1/2 hour, I find it's a waste because my daughter doesn't really know how to drink from a bottle so she ends up not drinking it. I even tried a sippy cup and she thinks it's a toy and throws it around the room.
In conclusion, I guess I'm just getting frustrated of breastfeeding because I don't have any solutions to the problems I've mentioned above...