Christina - posted on 03/06/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )
My 9-month old son is on a nursing strike. This started after a long stretch of trying to stop him from biting while nursing. He was cutting his second tooth, and we tried all sorts of teething toys, cold wet wash cloth, cold carrot, tylenol..basically everything to make him comfortable while that tooth cut through. He wouldn't stop biting, so I would stop nursing and firmly say "no biting"and try to give him something else to bite or set him down for a minute. He just ended up on a nursing strike. I don't blame him for getting frustrated...but I couldn't let him bite.
We have just finished day 5 of the strike and I've tried everything I can think of to get him to nurse. All the lactation consultants (I've talked to 7 of them!) are stumped since they said I'm trying everything they could think of. There were two occaisions this week where I though he might latch, but he just came up for a bite, then looked at me for a reaction.
Now that it's a weekend, I'm going to focus on efforts that I couldn't make while working during the week--like taking a nap with him and seeing if he'll nurse while really sleepy or in his sleep. Anyone else deal with a strike? I'm open to any suggestions since I'd love to work through this. But I guess the worst case senario is that he gets breast milk in a bottle (so glad I have a nice electric pump).