Sarah - posted on 11/21/2011 ( 30 moms have responded )
My 7 month old has suddenly started refusing to nurse. At first she started refusing her 4pm nursing but I would be able to get her to eat between 5:30pm and 7pm before putting her down for the night. Then yesterday she only did 7 min (as opposed to her usual 10) at her 5am feeding, then 4 at her 8:45am feeding and 2 min at her 12:30 feeding then she refused the breast the rest of the day. We did give her solids at 2pm which we had been avoiding because I wanted her nursing more and she ate way more than usual and then refused to nurse again for the rest of the day.
She ate fine this morning for her 5 am feeding and we did her 2 solid feedings like normal and then at 4pm she refused again and I was able to get her to do 4 min at 5:45pm and then she refused again for the rest of the night. I decided to recreate the 5am feeding so an hour after she went to sleep I got her up and fed her in the same lighting/atmosphere that we do in the morning and she still refused.
She isn't just eating very little, she arches her back hard to get away from the boob. I've read about nursing strikes and tips to get them to eat more which don't seem to be working for us. I'm worried she might be weening rather than a nursing strike. Has anyone had a 7month old self ween? Or a similar experience with a nursing strike?