My DS is almost 8 months old and has recently started refusing the breast.. either just biting the nipples (which gets him a stern "NO!" and makes him wait 5-10 min to try again) or he cries and struggles like I'm trying to kill him. He does this, I'd say about 25-50% of the time. Yet I offer him solid foods and he opens his mouth before I can even get the spoon out of the bowl or jar... After he eats his solids I offer him the breast again to wash everything down and until recently he would take it.. now he doesn't seem to want anything to do with it.
Any reason he might be doing this? Is it just a stage or is he trying to let me know he wants to be weaned (which I personally don't think he's ready!)
Answer by calliesmommie at 6:23 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by Pauline3283 at 6:27 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by kate_jocelyn at 6:45 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by singnstitch at 6:58 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Sounds like a nursing strike! One of the top causes of a nursing strike, "You reacted strongly when your baby bit you, and the baby was frightened. " Check out the info on nursing strikes at http://www.llli.org/FAQ/strike.html
Lots of holding and skin to skin contact usually helps. Taking baths together can help too. Hang in there!
Answer by maggiemom2000 at 7:31 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by alinker at 7:35 PM on Apr. 16, 2009
Answer by sandj29 at 6:58 AM on Apr. 17, 2009