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November 20th, 2012, 04:22 PM
Blue-Jay's Avatar Jenny
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Hey, ladies! I used to come on here a lot and kind of dropped off when I went back to FT work in August. But now I need help. My 9.5 month old son is on a nursing strike. We have a few things going on right now -- a top tooth coming in (for about a week) and a cold with a super stuffy nose. We went to the doc today and there is no infection; clear ears, good lung sounds, etc.

So this started yesterday when he tried to nurse and had to keep popping off to breathe. I stopped nursing to suction his nose, which he hated. When I finished, he would not nurse again. He went to the sitter and did fine all day with expressed milk and solids. That afternoon, he nursed after work, but has not nursed since then, and there have been 4-5 opportunities. As soon as his lips touch my breast, he turns his head away and cries. The dr thinks it's related to the pain of teething, but I am afraid that he remembers not being able to breathe and maybe also the suctioning and is NOT going thru that again. I will keep pumping and keep offering the breast, but I feel a little devastated about this whole situation. Has anybody been thru this? How long did it last, and do you think that he will ever accept my breast again? I was not ready to wean this soon, but I am afraid he will not overcome his memories and even try again. The dr said to give him Tylenol and then nurse him when he is super sleepy, so maybe I will bottle feed him tonight and then wake him up in the middle of the night to see if he will nurse. But last night when he woke up at 2 am, he refused to nurse.

Any advice or encouragement you have would be so welcome! Thanks for reading this long post.

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November 20th, 2012, 05:25 PM
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It's happened to me, too. I felt like you-devastated-but it only lasted for three days or so. Keep offering the breast, but don't try to force it. I also stripped down and took a bath with her-right after that she tried nursing for the first time in three days. It wasn't a long session, but it was a start. I would also nurse her when she was sleepy-she forgot that she was on strike. It'll get better-promise! Try to be patient-I know it's hard because I cried for three days-but they realize how much they love nursing, and the strike is over!

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November 20th, 2012, 05:53 PM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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no reason to wean because he is not taking the breast for a day or two!

Have you tried motrin? breast milk dropped into the nose can help get the boogies out. Just keep offering the breast. It will pass.


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November 20th, 2012, 08:07 PM
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I don't have much advice but wanted to say to hang in there!! My little guy is getting over a nasty cold too and has been doing that same thing, popping off to breathe. I have tried sitting him more propped upright to nurse so his nose drains better and he can [sorta] breathe a little easier.

Either way, i hope the strike ends soon!!

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November 21st, 2012, 06:01 AM
Blue-Jay's Avatar Jenny
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Thanks, ladies. Here's hoping!!

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