I had to stop breastfeeding LO when he was 10 1/2 weeks because I hit a low point in my PPD. I went on a pumping spree and got back somewhat of a supply back but now at 12 1/2 weeks my LO is so so on the breast.
I feed him during the night and I try to feed him the morning feedings. LO stays on for only the first letdown where he gulps down the milk like he's drowning but gets off soon after. He then is still fidgety. I end up trying to feed him again and he uses me to fall asleep. It's like he just "snack" instead of getting a full feeding. I've waited til he's starving and he doesn't want to wait til I get a letdown at all. Then I've caught him when he's just ready to eat and it's a hot or miss whether he'll actually stay on the breast or not. I end up pumping for the afternoon feedings because I'm that he's not emptying my breasts enough.
I just don't know when it's time to throw in the towel and quit. I want to keep breastfeeding but he doesn't seem to be staying on long enough to fill himself and he definitely won't eat off both breasts at any feeding, only one. I'm so tired of pumping, but breastfeeding at night is so much better than giving a bottle. And I love the bonding that it provides while also giving him the best I can.
He doesn't take bottle very well, barely 3 oz and that's a struggle to give him even.
When should I call this quits?