Nursing Strike at 11 months:-(

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Registered: 09-21-2007
Nursing Strike at 11 months:-(
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Sun, 09-05-2010 - 4:35pm

My DS Ivy has been nursing GREAT since birth. Then this past Wednesday, she had a bad cold and when she was nursing down for her nap, she bit me. It hurt so bad, and I screamed and the scream terrified her. Then a minute later, she bit the other nipple and once again I terrified her by accidentally screaming.

Since then, 4 full days now, she has absolutely refused the breast. She pushes away if I put her near the breast, and she shuts her mouth tightly. I've tried everything I could find on the net, talked to 2 lactation consultants, one who is a friend and one from the birth center where I had her. I've tried in the middle of the night multiple times while shes sleeping. I've tried skin to skin. Tried while rocking her. I even putting vanilla frosting on my nipple and she still wouldn't go near it. I tried not feeding her all day. Nothing is working. And I am devastated, as I was really planning on breastfeeding for another 7 months or so.

I know some people would say, oh well you had almost 11 months, you should be grateful for the time you had. My husband has a medical condition and we really hoped to be able to breast feed as long as possible to give her the best possible start.

I have been pumping about every 2-3 hours during the day and I just hope I can get her to start again.

Any suggestions???


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Registered: 05-20-2008
Sun, 09-05-2010 - 11:02pm
Here are a couple of links about nursing strikes, maybe they will offer you suggestion the LC's overlooked:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby/back-to-breast.html#strike
http://www.llli.org/FAQ/strike.html

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