Sorry I keep posting ladies, I just can't find a solution and I'm so distraught.
My 6 month old just came off a crazy marathon nursing week/growth spurt. Now, she's hardly nursing at all this week. She latches on, sucks, cries, sucks, cries...then gives up. And God forbid I offer the right side, she refuses that side all together UNLESS she's sleepy. It's gradually getting worse each day. For a few days this week she would nurse in the morning and it would get worse as the day went on. Now this morning she's refused to nurse in the morning too. I FINALLY got her to take milk before her nap and she fell asleep nursing. This has been the only times this week that she will nurse, sleepy...and then fall asleep nursing. Something she hasn't done since she was a newborn. Could it be that she's excited about her new skills that emerged from this growth spurt and she just doesn't want to nurse right now? Or could it be teething? I don't see any teeth just yet. I also took her to the doctor today to rule out ears and strep. She did say her throat was a tad bit red which could be viral...but other than that, she said nothing was wrong. :-/ So some sort of strike... I just don't know what to do and how to get her back to it. She's so distraught over it too, I can tell. She'll start crying as I approach my nursing chair. But if I put her in the crib without offering, she'll go into hysterics. I'm so confused! I've even pumped before offering to try and get it going...she'll latch, suck, and then cry and give up. She's not big on bottles. I think she's had maybe 10 total since a baby. My husband offered to bottle feed her last night at bedtime (which broke my heart of course) and she took down a few ounces (maybe 2?) and then played with the nipple, chewed on it, etc. and fell asleep. An hour later she was up crying, so I offered again, she took both sides sleepily for just a few minutes and fell back asleep. She also nursed just fine all night (1 am and 6 am). By morning, wanted nothing to do with me. HELP PLEASE! Any and all advice welcome!