Lo is 9.5 months. He has always been a great and efficient nurser, but never really comfort nursed. He has also always been EXTREMELY impatient. He has pretty much been on an off=and-on nursing strike since about 4 months old, with better times in between. I have a slower let down, and it slows down throughout the month, I'm guessing related to hormonal changes in my body.
So basically every month we would be getting back on track after the last month, only to be hit with another nursing strike. For the past 1-2 months, I have basically only been able to get him to stay on the boob long enough to get a let down, by propping my phone up and letting him see a lullaby video while he sucked. (I know this sounds insane, but literally nothing else worked). He would also only nurse in a dark, quiet room, etc. and it had to be the same dark quiet room, forget trying to nurse anywhere else. With this crazy set-up, he was nursing about 6-8 times a day, including 2-3 times at night. He was sometimes more patient at night, sometimes not.
We have now been hit by the worst nursing strike yet. My very good friend got married, and I took him along, but he refused to nurse the entire time we were gone (3 pm - 1 am, didn't nurse until 3 am). The next day he nursed fine, but that night it all went down hill. I was very stressed at the wedding, and I'm sure that has something to do with it, combined with my letdown just slowing down as it sometimes does. I cannot get him to wait at all. He will latch on for a few seconds, and then try a couple more times, but then he just gives up. I have been pumping to let down and then putting him on the breast, because I want to keep up my supply. But that is not helping him get back to nursing really. Even if I pump tp let down, he is just eating enough to take the edge off, and then refusing.
He has never taken a bottle or sippy cup, but I did offer him a bottle yesterday out of despair, and he took it. I thought I was ok with being done nursing, but I don't think I am. I don't see how we will come out of this.
He barely eats any food - only a few ounces of purees 3 times a day.