Yesterday morning my eleven month old son refused to nurse when he woke up. He nursed once later in the morning, and not again for the rest of the day.
This morning he woke up sad and too early. Usually when this happens we pop him out of bed without waking his twin sister if possible, change him, then I nurse him back to sleep. His usual wake up time is around 7:30a or 8a and sometimes he wakes around 5:30a or 6a for some reason. But this morning, as he did yesterday, I settled him down in the usual nursing position and he looked at me, turned away from my breast, and began to cry.
Each time yesterday, regardless of position or where we were or what we were doing when I offered or he seemed like he was interested, he would give me this look filled with meaning, and then very deliberately turn his head away and begin to cry. I know that he is trying to tell me something but I just am not sure what it is.
Does anyone have any advice for overcoming a nursing strike with an eleven month old? I wish that he were a bit older because I could try to explain to him how much better he would feel if he nursed, as right now he's tired and wants to go back to sleep AND his tummy is sore because he's hungry. Nursing would solve both of these problems... But he's not really able to understand that yet.