Sorry for the long post but I'm so frustrated and upset!
My 8 month old has stopped nursing. This is day 7. He flat out refuses unless it's the middle of the night feeding and he's half asleep (although at 5am this morning he even resisted and only gave a handful of sucks). It's been slowly deteriorating over the last month from fussiness during the occasional feed to flat out refusing for 7 days now. He won't even take my nipple in his mouth and tries to tear away from me! I've even tried feeding him in his darkened room to avoid distraction, pumping first so he doesn't have to work for the letdown, Ive tried going topless, skin to skin, you name it i've done it. I haven't changed lotions, deodorant or soaps!
Last month we went through a renovation which was disruptive to his routines, he cut his first two teeth (bottom) and now he's congested and getting over a cold. I've heard of a nursing strike but this is more than just a few days.
On top of having to pump 4-5 times a day so he can bottle feed breast milk which is a pain, it's emotionally hard on me. Went to the doctors and he has no sinus, throat or chest infection. She said he just has a viral cold. I'm hoping his stuffy nose is a culprit but we're on day 7 of this nursing strike. I'm an emotional wreck but not ready to give up! Going to see the Lactation Consultant Tuesday so we'll see... I can't really cut down on solids b/c he has reflux and he's on a high fat 3 meals a day diet given by the doctor. He has a history of low weight gain b/c of the reflux.
has anyone else experienced a long term nursing strike and come back from it? Im not ready to be finished with nursing my sweet boy.