So just when I thought all our nursing problems could be over, I'm extremely upset. My daughter's a few days shy of 11 months old. She nursed well half the day today, and then around mid-day was latching poorly -- pretty much would only bite me and not even try to latch or suck. I kept taking her off (sometimes jumping when she bit me -- couldn't help it) and she seemed uninterested in trying to actually nurse. Now she's been refusing to try altogether, and screams and screams if we try. I know it could be a nursing strike, but how to handle it at this age? I rocked her to sleep (she ALWAYS nurses at bedtime) after trying some Tylenol thinking teething was the problem. Then she woke up screaming and was inconsolable. She only wanted to go to me, but would not calm down, even with our trying gripe water and teething tablets. I thought she'd nurse since that's her usual wake-up ritual, but still won't. My husband just gave her a bottle after I got worried about her not having many liquids in the past 12 hours (she didn't really want any water from a sippy cup) and because she wouldn't calm down to go back to sleep. I am considering taking off work tomorrow, but not sure that will help. Any thoughts are appreciated. Will likely call local LLL leader tomorrow. Also -- as I write this, I don't hear her anymore, so she must have been happy to have the bottle.
Probably should have mentioned she has bottles while I'm at work, so it's not like we're introducing it for this problem. But I'd like to not encourage it during my time at home.