Re: Nursing-strike or self-weaning?
Oh mama, that must be so hard!
I know a lot of people say that babies don't self-wean before 12 months, but I don't buy it, since I personally know 2 kids who self-weaned at 9 and 10 months. Both their moms did EVERYTHING they could to get their LOs back to the breast, but the kids wouldn't have it, so the moms finished out the year with the pump. Which makes hem total heroes in my book- I did a lot of pumping in the early days with my first kid, and it got old fast. Always being chained to the pump, needing to choose between caring for the baby and pumping, having to plan my day and especially my outings around pump breaks- ugh!
I think at this point, we can't tell you what you should do. You certainly do NOT want to be fighting your baby, and facing the rejection. But on the other hand, if you could get the baby back to the breast maybe things would ultimately be easier on you... Maybe just try to offer the breast in as low-stress, low confrontation manner as possible? If the baby takes it, great. If not, okay- go and pump.
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