My 9 month old son is 3 weeks in to a complete nursing strike. We have had a very smooth, very easy, and wonderful breast feeding relationship up until this point so this has come as a complete shock and we are both struggling with it. Three weeks ago he had a nasty cold with a very sore throat. When he tried to latch he would cry out in pain. He went from nursing every 2-3 hours, night & day, to completely refusing the breast. I have been optimistic all along that we may be able to gently coax him back to the breast but he continues to refuse it. He is now finally over his sickness but shows no interest in nursing.
I have maintained contact with my LLL leader throughout and have tried all the things she has recommended but to no avail. I am pumping 6 times a day and maintaining an output of about 18oz a day which he is drinking from a cup. Has anyone had experience of such a long nursing strike? Could he still return to nursing or is that possibility now dwindling? I will be devastated if this is how it is going to end. I had high hopes of nursing to one, and beyond. This has been such an emotional experience and has left me feeling so sad and missing that bond with my baby so very much.
I really have tried everything to get my son to return to nursing so in many ways this is more me getting this off my chest than asking for advice. At the same time I would love to hear any suggestions anyone might have. Both for encouraging him to return to the breast, and for dealing with the emotional aspect of this.