My DS (8 months) was having two BF a day. He got really sick with hand foot and mouth this week, he stopped taking the bottle and BFing 4 days ago. He must have had ulcers in his mouth so I've been feeding via an eye dropper and a nurofen applicator. I've been expressing to maintain my supply. He took the bottle for a bit tonight for the first time in 4 days but he won't BF. He pushes me away or just lies there with it in his mouth, like he doesn't know what to do.
Has he forgotten what to do? I've got a feeling our BF journey is over. Has this happened to anyone? Do you think he'll BF again?
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24-08-2013 20:40 #1
Is our BF journey over?
25-08-2013 09:35 #2
25-08-2013 09:39 #3
Persevere! I will get you some useful links brb
25-08-2013 09:47 #4
25-08-2013 09:49 #5
This has great advice.
Think of this as a temporary setback. 8 months is a common time for a nursing strike and illness like you've described doesn't help! It's challenging but if you want to work at it I'm sure he'll come back to the breast- true self weaning at that age is very rare- many people take a strike as self weaning. Do you have a bath? If so, a bath with bub will often help- when DD had a cold recently and started fussing at the breast I popped us both in. The warmth and steam eased her a bit, I think, but she was nursing in no time- as my DH says, they can't resist a swim up bar!
25-08-2013 10:06 #6
Haha! Yes, we have a bath so Ill give it a go!
Thank you so much for your reply, you've given me some hope.
25-08-2013 10:13 #7
Hope it works out, it's not easy, I'm sure. Be kind to yourself, 8 months is already a wonderful effort
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25-08-2013 12:06 #9
Thank you so much. You two have made my day and me less anxious about it. Thank you
25-08-2013 12:59 #10
Hi! My dd1 went on a breast feeding strike, I cried at the time and thought out breast feeding journey was over. But I persevered, I am so glad we did, we went on to feed til 15 months.
It lasted a few days, and I just kept on offering and offering and offering. Try feeding as a dream feed. Does your bub still wake for a feed at night? If so, you could go in, get bub up, and offer breast a bit before your normal night time feed, sleepy hungry bub will most likely latch on and feed, try expressing a tiny bit first, might help.
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