She says the pain isn't from latching and there are no signs of ties
My newborn is 2.5 weeks old. I have breastfed him all but a handful of feedings. I know that there are many of you that believe in exclusive breastfeeding, and I want to do that, but please understand why I have given my son a bottle and offer any insight as to why what is happening is happening.
Breastfeeding goes well from 11pm-6pm the next day. Something happens from 6pm-11pm, and my baby wants to nurse non stop. As per advice, I offer him my breast when he wants to eat but there have been about 3 occasions where he screams, kicks, squirms, claws at me, and pulls my nipples and refuses to nurse. The first time this happened, I had attempted to nurse for 2 hours before I caved for the bottle because I just couldn't take the crying anymore and I felt in my heart that my baby was hungry. I cried and felt awful but as soon as he had the bottle, he was content.
Tonight, I had another episode where I attempted to feed him non stop from 6pm-9:30pm and I just caved. This is our 3rd time with this problem. My husband is feeding him and things seem better so far.
What am I doing wrong? I want my son to be a happy baby, but my breasts are hurting so badly from all of the stimulation that I am in pain and hearing him scream and yell hurts my heart. Also, why only during the evening? Lastly, there seems to be no pattern in what goes on during the day or anything that causes these massive outbursts.
Thanks for your help! I sincerely appreciate it.