My 4 mo old son has been nursing like a champ since birth up until yesterday morning. Then out of the blue, he refuses to nurse. I know it's not my milk bc he'll drink what I pump. So I've been pumping and bottle feeding him for about 30hrs now. Yesterday every time I tried to get him to latch he'd turn beet red and cry. He did nurse a bit during the night last night when he was half asleep. I thought maybe he'd gotten over whatever it was, but then at 5am he woke up and refused to nurse, but would take a bottle. then around 7am he woke up again, wouldn't nurse, but at least didn't cry like he would the other times I tried to get him to latch on. He was actually smiling at me. But he still won't nurse.
As a SAHM, I've never pumped this much before, and it is a huge PITA. I don't know how you EPers do it! lol I tip my hat to you.
Anyone have any advice? He just had his 4mo check up less than a week ago and his ears were fine, so I don't think it's an ear infection. And he's not running a fever, nor does he seem like he's not feeling well. More likely to be teething, as his big sis cut her first two teeth at 5.5 months. DD never had a nursing strike. She wouldn't take a bottle, so it's just as well. Anyone have any suggestions? I'm so afraid he won't ever nurse again, and I'll have to switch to formula eventually, as I cannot keep pumping exclusively for the next 8 months. He's a big boy, too. Weighs 17lbs--90th %tile.