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    Default 7 month old baby refusing breast... advice please!!

    Hi all,

    Just wondering if anyone can give me some advice. My 2nd DS is 7 months old and breastfed... started solids at 6 months, which is going well. He has been a little disinterested in breast feeding the last few days and today, had a minimal feed first thing this morning & has refused all other feeds... even went to bed without a booby

    I do have my period for the 2nd time since giving birth... on day 3 I think. Could this be it? I did express some milk and tried to give it to him in a cup, but he refused this too. He was happy to drink water.

    The only other thing is he 'munched' my breast at lunch time & I yelped and firmly said 'No biting'... would this have made him wary... I kind of figure he wouldn't have bitten me, had he wanted a breast feed.

    Ohh goodness... he's crying now. Usually once he is in bed, that's it for the night.

    Any advice please!!! How long before I should worry... I certainly don't want to stop breastfeeding at 7 months!

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    Your period could certainly be having an effect, sometimes people report babies being 'fussy' at this time (my gutsy sons never did ) but also here is a good article all about making it through a nursing strike. He may also be coming down with a bug, have sore gums, sore throat....

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    You poor thing! The ABA also has some great info on 'breast refusal', see article below:

    https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-info/breast-refusal


    This is more common than you know so you are most definitely not alone! The ABA 24/7 hotline is also there to help if you need it.

    I hope this phase passes for you both soon!

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    Thanks so much for the links lovely ladies! I didn't even think of the ABA! I just had a lovely shower, so feel a bit better. Am thinking I'll see what happens tomorrow and if he is still totally refusing Thursday, I will make a Drs appointment, just to make sure there is nothing medically wrong. Am very much hoping it's just because of my period... given he refused breastmilk from a cup as well, when obviously thirsty... maybe it just tastes yuck

    Thank goodness he is such a good little eater and will drink water otherwise I would be doubly concerned. Just not a nice feeling having your gorgeous bubby refuse to participate in something you both usually love

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    Okay, now I'm sad!! Still total refusal today and screams if I even look like attempting to breastfeed Tried sitting up, putting a little milk on my finger first, singing songs blah blah blah. He'll drink a little bit out of a cup tho'... am bit sad that I think it's my boobies he's refusing. Has this happended to anyone else with a happy (back to breastfeeding) outcome?

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    It's pretty normal to go through a rough patch when they start moving around, sorry I can't see you signature but is this your only child? If so I would strongly suggest just hanging out with him as much as possible with your boobs out, def give the aba a call 1800 mum 2 mum. I've always found my children will feed I the shower or bath best when they are having a rough patch, also are you co sleeping? You could try slipping your boob in while he is asleep either way it's just easier to do in a big bed.

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    Hi, DS is 8 months and has been super distracted for a couple of months now. It's gotten worse since be started crawling a month ago.
    At the moment he'll only have a good feed before a nap. We've getting in 3 maybe 4 feds in during the day and 1 or 2 overnight. Do you think you need to strech feeds out so he's more hungry? I found this has helped us.

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    Could a tooth be coming through? Breast refusal can be a sign of sore gums. Water may be cooling the teeth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babycharlieandme View Post
    Could a tooth be coming through? Breast refusal can be a sign of sore gums. Water may be cooling the teeth?
    This.

    If it is sore gums/teeth, the sucking motion could be hurting him. Maybe try getting him to chew on a cold teether or some ice just before you try and feed him to numb his gums a bit? Just an idea.

    I haven't been through this personally but I'm sure it must be so hard for you. Hang in there, as I said before I've heard this happen so many times and it usually does pass eventually. They grow at such a fast pace and this just may be a little hurdle that you both need to get past together

    Definitely ring the ABA if you haven't already. They are so supportive and can hopefully give you some more ideas.

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    KellyMom has some great advice too


 

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