Norah is is almost 11 months. She has had a low grade fever since Friday evening (100.3 or lower via armpit) that goes away with Motrin. She has very mild diarrhea, a very tiny amount with each diaper change. I am pretty confident this is just a viral thing that will go away on its own. My husband is a physician (not pediatrics though) and he is comfortable with the watch and wait approach.
My problem is she is not showing much interest in nursing. She will nurse throughout the night but is barely eating bm during the day. It is hard to tell if she is wetting since she has the diarrhea but I am sure she is peeing less because she hasn't had any soaked diapers in a few days. I am offering water with just a splash of juice or hemp milk so she can get some fluids. She will not drink pumped breastmilk (sick or well). She is allergic to dairy and I am not comfortable with giving her soy, which is why she is not offered formula. When I put her to my breast she clamps her mouth shut or if I force it she bites (ouch). I know she is not dehydrated, her capillary refill is fine, her eyes look fine, her soft spot is fine, and she does have tears. She is eating solids fine. She is not drinking a significant amount of liquid from the bottle, maybe 4 ounces max over the course of a day.
In your opinion, why is she refusing to nurse during the day? When she cut her teeth (she has 4) she never acted like she didn't want to nurse. Today she seems a lot better, her fever is gone for the moment and she has not had Motrin since last night. She still has mild diarrhea but it is such a tiny amount each diaper change. But she still won't nurse. I don't think her ear is infected, I tug on them several times a day and she does not even flinch (she has had one ear infection and I could not even touch her ears). I cannot find our otoscope anywhere unfortunately.
All I want to hear is she will start nursing again when she feels better, lol. I don't want her to self-wean, as I have heard happens. My oldest did not so this is very foreign to me. Thanks for any and all advice. I really don't want to drag the kids down to the doctor for him to tell me what I already know. Plus he is not an expert on bf.