Nursing strike??

(3 Posts)
Bananice Mon 09-Sep-13 07:51:20

Help! DS, 9 months old, has always been breastfed and not taken a bottle since he was four months old. He is currently teething and has a horrid cold - yesterday he was feverish but today he is grizzly and more his normal self. Last night, while feeding, he bit me twice hard on the nipple - both times I yelped quite loudly and the second time he got a fright and started crying. Since then, he hasn't breastfed (24 hours, as I am not in the UK) apart from once in the middle of the night. Each time he goes near the breast, he screams and refuses to latch.

I've given him a bit of expressed milk, which he has taken a little of, but I don't have any more to keep giving him. I've just tried him on formula for the first time, and he only took 30mls before refusing to have any more. Dr says there is nothing wrong bar usual cold/teething and to just ride it out... but how? Do I express and freeze it, keep trying with the formula, or just give him water in the hope that he will come back to the breast soon? I'd really like to continue breastfeeding if at all possible...

JiltedJohnsJulie Mon 09-Sep-13 14:35:03

Did the doctor check his ears and throat? Infections can often be missed and I'm always surprised at drs who don't check.

Have you had a read of the info on nursing strikes on kellymom?

JRsandCoffee Mon 09-Sep-13 14:52:11

DD has gone through similar periods although never outright refused - would chomp then have a scream, fun. For a while I would wait until she was almost asleep, or even asleep and then sneak in there, she was used to dream feeding when she was younger so that meant I could at least get some milk into her, feeding while walking round her room helped too. I also used to give her expressed milk in a cup and make her porridge up with expressed so that it went in somehow or other, hope that helps. It passed but was stressful so you have my sympathies, hope it works out soon.

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