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Sudden strong aversion to breastfeeding

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vvviola Thu 04-Apr-13 21:35:40

(Please be gentle, I'm a bit sleep deprived & feeling a bit guilty at even feeling this way)

DD2 is 19 months. She still feeds at naptime (unless at crèche), bed time and during the night. Before the weekend we were down to only 2 wake ups over night. I've been talking about finally stopping feeding for a while, but the sleep association is so strong that I'm having trouble breaking it.

Then DD got a tummy bug at the weekend and the only thing she could keep down was bm. She fed a lot & was very clingy, and once she recovered I spend a lot of time distracting her from wanting daytime feeds.

Then last night she was really hard to settle, she wanted to feed constantly. Normally I'd find it frustrating but get on with it - but last night I just felt physically sick. I have issues with people in my personal space at the best of times - but it has never extended to DD when feeding before (although I do find that if I'm feeding & DD1 sits too close I get the same queasy, I-want-to-curl-up-in-a-ball feeling)

I'm dreading tonight's feeds now. I barely got any sleep last night & I don't think I can take another night of feeling like that.

I am (just about) ready to finish feeding, but I wanted to finish on a positive note not like this - and I haven't managed to find a way of settling her at night anyway hmm

I'm not sure what I'm looking for to be honest, a bit of sympathy, or some advice maybe.

youmaycallmeSSP Thu 04-Apr-13 22:12:13

I feel like that sometimes when DD (or DS when he was little) has been feeding on and on and on. It passes once we're over the bad patch.

I stopped night feeds with DS by only offering water during the night. It only took 4 nights for him to get the message, although it was hard going. DH pitched in as well.

BedHanger Thu 04-Apr-13 22:13:51

You're not pregnant, are you?

vvviola Fri 05-Apr-13 01:24:33

youmaycallme - I tried the water once, and oh dear god the screams & fury! I will have to try it again soon though - maybe when I'm on holidays from uni so I don't have to use my brain the next day grin

As to being pregnant? I bloody hope not! Not very likely due to timings/period/pill etc

EauRouge Fri 05-Apr-13 08:57:30

I was going to ask if you were pregnant too. Could it just be because you are really knackered? I get like this when I'm tired, especially during the night feeds.

MyPlugInBaby Fri 05-Apr-13 11:20:30

I felt exactly like this when I was pregnant. It is called Breastfeeding Agitation and is common in about a third of pregnant breast feeders but can also strike mothers nursing toddlers too.

It really is a not nice feeling, I sympathise, it made me feel like my skin was crawling when DD fed.

TolliverGroat Fri 05-Apr-13 11:41:02

I got that when pregnant with DD1 and nursing DS. And I get it occasionally now when nursing DD2 even though I'm not pregnant with anyone -- it's never lasted for more than a couple of feeds with her, though.

If you want to night wean, kellymom has some good suggestions and it's a lot easier than weaning entirely.

vvviola Sun 07-Apr-13 12:46:34

Well the strong aversion has passed. To be replaced with vague irritation. So I'm guessing it was just exhaustion, and perhaps a signal that I really am almost done. Shall look at the kellymom info & see what advice I can glean from there.

Mind you, you all had me so nervous about the other possible reason that I nearly went & POAS!

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