My son is almost 8 months old and has been consistently and happily nursing 4-5 times a day as of late, as well as eating three very good meals a day. All of a sudden he is practically refusing to nurse- not to mention using me as a chew toy! I've verbally admonished him and used Oral Gel on him prior to nursing, but now I'm going on two days of a nursing strike. I'm still pumping, hoping he'll change his mind. Any advice?
It is a nursing strike. It may be due to the teething, and may also be in part due to being admonished for biting at the breast (this is really common, it happens with lots of moms/babies) Check out this collection of articles on Nursing Strikes
The best thing is lots of holding, skin to skin if possible, take a bath together, he may take the breast while half asleep. Keep pumping and hang in there!
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