Nursing Strike--Please help

Kelley - posted on 09/06/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )




My son is 8 months old and is now on day 5 of a nursing strike. Previous to this, he was an avid nurser and even though we would give him bottles sometimes, he always preferred nursing and would even hold out--i.e. take less from a bottle--to wait for it. There are so many factors going on that it's hard to pinpoint exactly what is going on with him right now. I recently returned to working part time and so he is with a nanny for 20 to 25 hours a week. The nanny is great with him and he takes bottles from her. However the nursing strike began on Labor Day after he hadn't seen the nanny in a couple days so I'm not sure to what extent the nanny is a factor. He is also teething some and he also has chest congestion (a cough) but he does not have a stuffy nose. He got the chest cold from me and if it's a matter of waiting that out, well I have had it for over two weeks now and it is going away very slowly so I am concerned that would take too long. When I try to nurse him, he cries. I tried giving him milk from a sippy rather than a bottle so that all sucking would be done at the breast as was advised by a quick chat with a la leche league leader, but after sort of taking the sippy for one feeding, on the second occasion he became inconsolable by anything but a bottle. It just felt like I was torturing him. Oh, and I am still just giving him breastmilk (no formula) and doing some Baby Led Weaning. Anyway, I am home with him all day today and tomorrow and am looking for solutions. Please help, I feel like I am losing my mind.


Kim - posted on 09/06/2013




A few of the moms I know stated at that age their kidsjust quit nursing, much to their dismay. I had asked because I didn't know how to go about weaning. If he is eating fine and seems healthy it may be he is just ready to wean. Keep offering, though, and if you notice a decrease in other feeding or a change in diapers you may want to ask a professional. My daughter started to hate nursing when she got a sore in her mouth and it hurt to suck, and bottles offer freer flow and she prefered them, they were less work.

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