Valerie - posted on 04/19/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )
I have been so stressed out with breastfeeding lately. Amarah (5 months) has been so fussy at the breast for what seems like a month or longer. She started getting distracted at around 4 months which I know is common at that age. But this has become more than just distracted. Just about anytime I go to feed her she starts screaming bloody murder. As soon as I get ready to feed her and lay her on the boppy she immediately tenses her whole body up and prepares to resist me. Today was the absolute worst! We were both in tears. Is this what a nursing strike is? She still nurses and I'm not uncomfortable or having to pump. I thought a nursing strike was when they flat out refused to nurse. Sometimes when she is nursing she starts rubbing really hard on the side of her face. I thought it might be teething but have yet to see an actual tooth coming through. Can they be teething for a month without any sign of a tooth? Thought it might be an ear infection but took her to the dr. and nothing. When she does nurse, she's constantly pulling off and crying or she will nurse but whine and groan and cry while she's nursing. A couple people in my other groups suggested GERD but isn't she too old for that? And even when she's not nursing, she is still super fussy. She doesn't like her bouncy seat. Doesn't like her jumperoo. Doesn't like just being on the floor. It's like I have a fussy newborn! And what really puzzles me is that she is sleeping absolutely fine! If it was teething or something else, wouldn't she be waking up throughout the night? I know that me being stressed out is not helping the situation. I just don't know what's going on with her or what to do anymore! I feel like I'm forcing her to nurse and I'm afraid she'll start rejecting the breast altogether!