So, it started last Sunday...my LO started refusing the breast and the bottle. Every time I tried she would latch on, take a few sips and then start crying. We took her to the doctor and sure enough, she had an ear infection. So, we decided for the time being, we would mix the milk with oatmeal and give it to her that way until she felt better. Since Tuesday I had tried nursing, a bottle, even a sippy cup! She still refused, so we took her back to the doctor and her ear is actually getting better. He told us that sometimes the pressure can stay high in the tubes even if the ear is getting better, so he said just to offer the breast every day and eventually she will come around.
What I noticed with our LO is she is really stubborn and makes really strong associations. Ever since her 6 month check up, whenever she goes to the doctor, as soon as she hears or feels the paper on the exam table, she starts crying. So, I am convinced she has already associated nursing or the bottle with pain.
She is still getting wet pampers, has tears when she cries and actually has gained weight since we took her to the doctor on Monday. She will be 10months this week and I really want to go to 12 mo, but this is really frustrating! And it doesn't help that I just started my new job this past week!
Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks!