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    I currently have three children ages 5.5, 3.5 and almost 1. I just found out I am pregnant again. My question is that my almost 1 year old was still breastfeeding 3-4 times a day up until 2 days ago but yesterday he only nursed once and today not at all so far. If I try to latch him he just pauses and then bites down hard. I don't know what to do. Is this the end for us of nursing? Is it teething? Is it changes in the taste of my milk (I'm only 4.5 weeks along so I can't imagine it has changed so soon)? I tried to pump a bottle and give it to him last night and he drank a few ounces and then stopped. I'm at a loss and very frusturated. Any advice or thoughts?
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    How much solid food does he eat?

    Many babies go on “nursing strikes” and will take a break for a week or so – particularly when something interesting is happening developmentally (walking, climbing, crawling, toilet training, food discovery). I wouldn’t worry about it, or force him. Usually they come back after a short break, but sometimes it’s just the end. Hope things settle down soon and you don’t get too engorged!
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    I was going to say the same thing, sounds like it might be a nursing strike to me. Isaac did it a few times through my pregnany with Leah but he's actually still nursing from time to time but he's cut it down a lot.
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    Thank you for your advice. He has now decided that he will accept a bottle of pumped milk as long as it's ice cold from the fridge. Maybe he doesn't lke warm milk in this heat? I have tried several tims to nurse him and he won't even latch......he just bites down hard on my nipple. He turns 1 in less than a week so I'm going to pump until then because it's important to me that he gets breastmilk to a year and then let it go. Guess he was ready before mommy was.

    I am not at all worried about his food intake. He's a very big boy (26lbs) and loves to eat.
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    I got pregnant with my 2nd when my 1st was 11.5 months. I got pregnant with my 3rd when my 2nd was 12 months. Both times I was still BFing and both times baby weaned when I was 8 weeks pregnant. They both just started refusing to nurse. DS2 would even giggle at me when I offered it like "How ridiculous can you be, Mom?" My conclusion was that my milk had change, and when I expressed a little it did look more like colostrum (more opaque and yellower). So, I'd say it's possible it has changed. But, it could be teething or just a regular nursing strike. Good luck, I hope he picks up again soon.
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    I think the smell of your skin changes or something when you get pg. That's how I found out I was pg with DS2. DS1, who was only 6 months at the time, refused to nurse. He did the same thing. He'd either bite down or turn his head away. But he would take the milk if I pumped it.

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    I never thought of the skin smell changing. Good thought! I am now pumping 3 times a day and hoping to transition to cow's milk because he is over 1 year old. So far it's not going well.....he gags and spits the cow's milk out after a few sips. Thanks for your advice everyone!
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    Sorry DS is being tough. DD refused cow's milk for a long time. She took to almond milk readily, though, so it's worth a try.
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    Good idea about the almond milk. Thank you!! Taking care of 3 kids, pumping 3 times a day and dealing with morning sickness is really wearing me out.
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    Another option is that you could move slowly doing 75% EBM, 25% milk (cow or almond), then move to 50/50, etc... Having someone else feed him might help too (DH or a friend). Just some ideas. Sorry you are having such a tough time. It's hard enough finding time to nurse with other little ones around, let alone the time to pump AND feed...
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