Karina - posted on 08/22/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )
My 7 1/2 month old son is suddenly refusing to breastfeed. He's generally good about breastfeeding, but a few days ago, he had a 24-hour period in which he had the runs, and had several very runny poopy diapers. From that point on, he has generally refused to breastfeed. He will still drink breastmilk, but doesn't want to nurse. I need to pump my milk with a mini electric pump then give it to him via a bottle, which he will take. He has always had a few bottles a day but has never refused to nurse for this long. Usually he is pretty good about nursing all night, which makes it effortless for me, but the last three nights, I have been unable to get him to nurse at night, and I've always had to pump into a bottle for him, while he screams as he is an impatient eater who wants his food NOW. He has recently begun teething too, so I don't know if it is possible that he could be refusing to nurse because of the teething or the diarrhea or both? Any ideas on how to get him to nurse again? I don't plan to stop breastfeeding for several more months, and I would hate to need to pump every feeding for the rest of his nursing days.