My 8month old daughter is refusing to nurse. She has never had a bottle (refuses it) or a cup. She does eat soilds (cereal and fruits-n-veggies about twice a day); this has also decreased with the strike. We are a day and a half into the strike. Her wet diapers are decreasing. I have begun to pump to alleviate my discomfort. I smelled and tasted the milk -- it seemed fine.
When I offer her the breast she latches on for a few seconds and then lets go and turns away. There is nothing different about my diet. She did cut her first two teeth about three weeks ago; but I do not see anymore coming in. Her disposition has been ok today -- though she seems to be a bit less energetic.
I tried to go in and nurse her when she was sleeping -- but she refused.
One of my other children (I have six & all have been breastfed) was sick earlier in the week with a 24hr bug. I suppose my 8 month old could have the bug (but she is not visibly sick like my other child was) and that could be causing this strike?
Is there anything else I can try? With her not taking a cup or bottle, I do not seem to have many options at getting her to eat. I want to keep her hydrated.
Thanks for any insight.
Mommy to Grace 8, Gabe 6, Ann 5, Dawn 3, Mike 2, & Rose 8m