I am new to the site and looking for some advice please.
My dd is 10 months old and breastfed, started solids around 5+ months old and once establised on 3 meals a day, has generally breastfed x 3 daily (early am, mid morning and before bed)
For a while now, the mid morning feed has been hit and miss and although I offer it to her every day, she does refuse it at times and this has become more and more frequent. I wasnt worried as eats plenty of solids, dairy products etc. For the last week, she has been refusing to have the evening feed too and been going to bed without a breastfeed and today she has refused the early morning one too and despite trying on and off all day at different times, she has not had a drop of b/milk all day. So now I am worried.
I dont express as I stopped getting much off and found it far too tedious plus I have never needed to do it. About 3 months ago she weaned herself off my right breast and totally refused to feed from it, pulling away and crying and would only feed on left side so I gave in and since then has only fed from left side.
The one thing that occured prior to the strike was that she bit me - hard! and without thinking I shouted 'ouch' which made her cry and didnt finish feed so maybe that is what has caused it.
I have tried skin to skin tonight and she wanted to go to sleep and when I put her near breast, she made a fuss and cried and arched back so finally I gave in and put her in bed.
My concerns are:
What can I do to help get her to feed again?
At what point do you get concerned enough to offer an alternative? I really dont want to give formula and I think its still too early for cows milk.
Is just having solid food enough at this stage? I know they need around a pint of milk a day, so what do I do?
I would be very grateful of any advice or suggestions. (I have read the recent posts on this issue also so considering getting her up in the night to try a feed while sleepy)