Today, 11:44 AM
My daughter is 11 months old, and from what I can tell she seems to be on a "nursing strike". She is teething, and was starting to bite me at the end of each nursing session starting about 5 days ago. I would tell her "no", then set her on the ground. Just when I was getting excited that she was kicking the biting habit, she started refusing to breastfeed! She fed less often than usual yesterday, but today she's refusing even more.
She nursed at 4:30am and has refused the breast ever since. I gave her some oatmeal this morning, and now is when I would usually give her some solids for lunch, but I try to always nurse before offering solids, and she just will not nurse! For now, I think I'll hold off giving her solids and see if she will nurse before afternoon nap.
So, my main question is this: I was really only planning to breastfeed until one year then start weaning, and she's about 3 weeks away from that. Should I just take advantage of this little nursing strike and start weaning now? I wouldn't mind nursing longer, but I wouldn't really be heartbroken if we end a little sooner. I nursed my son for a year and it was a *little* bittersweet to wean him, but if I'm being honest it was mostly sweet :-).
Also, if I do try to persist through this nursing strike, what does that entail? Should I pump to keep up my supply? Only offer the breast and no solids? Thanks in advance for your help!