My 9.5 month old son has been almost exclusively breastfed his whole life. While he took the occasional bottle for a few months, he suddenly stopped one day and has been getting most of his nutrition from nursing (and a smattering of solids during the day, obvs).
4 days ago, he suddenly decided not to nurse. Instead, he decided to bite me and refuse all food. We finally coaxed him into taking a few sips of the bottle (of expressed breastmilk) but when that wasn't getting enough milk into him, we resorted to feeding him via a medicine dropper. Time. Intensive. I know he's got a cold and also just cut two new top teeth so I'm not sure if that's a contributing factor to this behavior or what. We've taken him to the doctor and ruled out ear infection and constipation (thanks to a particularly harrowing suppository experience).
In the meantime, I've been pumping to keep my supply up but this is not a long-term solution for a number of reasons. Namely, the pump I use is a borrowed one and my friend needs it back next week.
I'm sorry, this post is long and rambly because I feel there's so many factors at play here. And because I have SO MANY questions!
1. Does this sound like a nursing strike or is it teething or WHAT?
2. How do I get him to take the boob back? I do not want to have to resort to formula because I don't have the time during the day to hand-pump.
3. How do I get the baby to stop biting me. It's just a little nip, so I feel like it all happens too quickly for me to pinch his nose like I've seen suggested before.
4. By giving him food in a dropper, have I further complicated the issue of getting him to return to breastfeeding? I figured FEEDING the baby was more important than getting him to eat the way I wanted him to.
Thanks so much in advance!!!