Jennifer - posted on 01/11/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )
I just went back to work after maternity leave so I haven't been able to nurse my LO more than once or twice a day during the week, mostly once and it is at night before bed - she is 3-mos old. I still nurse her on weekends. We have been giving her a bottle with breast milk and formula since being back at work I am not able to keep up with her feeding demand. All of a sudden, she is now refusing to nurse. When I do our night time routine and I put her to my breast, she will nurse for a few minutes then pop off and start to cry and scream. She will go for it again but not latch, just keep fussing. I keep trying, but the same thing keeps happening. At first I thought she was just being fussy or maybe she was gassy (this is usually around the same time as her witching hour(s) are ending), but it's been two nights in a row so far. She will take a bottle though and is gaining weight at a healthy pace. It's been so tough going back to work as it is and unfortunately I have to work, this just makes it harder and I know it is probably hard on her. It sounds crazy but I feel like she is just mad at me for leaving, which is probably just my own guilt. Anyone have a similar experience or any advice on how to get her to nurse again or is it time to wean her? Appreciate any help!