I could use some advice on how to encourage my 10 month old son, James, to keep on breastfeeding. He is my first child. I have nursed James since birth (he was 8 lbs 6.1 oz). Now he is about 25 lbs, and he is a very big boy. Up until this week, he still nursed throughout the night, before & after his two naps, at bedtime, and at least once more during the day.
Basically, James is fussing when I offer the breast anytime other than during the night. He now is pushing me away when I offer it to him any other time, now to include before bed time. He howls and cries and wrestles me if I try to keep him in position. He has even bit me, which I assume is to show me he doesn't really want to nurse!
James does get three meals of solid food a day, and he sometimes gets a 4 oz bottle of formula if he is staying with my parents for a few hours. Again, this pattern has not affected his desire to nurse until this week.
I am not sure if he is teething again, as he already has 8 teeth (4 up and 4 down). He is drooling a lot and chewing on his hands. I am giving him Tylenol a couple of times a day now to help out with any pain he may be having.
Also, James started walking with assistance at 9 months, and within the last few weeks, he is pretty much walking on his own, even though he does need help now and then. I am wondering if this could be part of the problem...
Please help!! My desire to breastfeed is still there, but my heart just breaks every time James cries or pushes away from me. I could use some advice. Thanks!