Dd is just one & for the past week, but particuarly 3 days, has been biting me so hard during feeding & just not eating. We've never had any problems (she's excl bf) and I don't know what to do.
We start a feed & she bites hard within seconds, again after a minute then cries & pulls away. I don't know what to do. Intended to bf for another few months. My HV said today it's often a sign babies have had enough?! And dd doesn't seem upset really.
I've expressed a few times which is the only milk she's had but don't know what to do.
What a shame your HV was not able to recognise what sounds like a clear case of 'nursing strike'...a baby of this young age rarely decides long-term they have 'had enough'.
It could be teething, or related to some sort of distress or upset that may have or may not have anything to do with an experience at the breast.
You could search for nursing strike in the archives here on mumsnet, and on the internet. It's also a question familiar to most breastfeeding counsellors so a call to the helplines may give you some ideas and support.
Hang on in there - and don't force the issue. Your milk will be there for ages, though supply might drop - easily retriveable after this length of time, though.
Thank you for the support. I've expressed a bit again today.
She eats food, I meant exclusively breast fed as opposed to breast and formula fed.
My biggest worry has been my milk "drying up"-I've heard so much about it I figured a few days of not feeding & it'd go. Am getting about 4fl oz out a day in expressed milk but until the weekend I'd been feeding her every few hours for 12 months.
Thanks again, I don't know anyone who's fed after 12 months so have noone to ask for advice. Will search nursing strikes now.
Hi there, any change? I've been getting the same thing. This morning, DD (11 months) showed very little interest in either boob, and just now, she latched on for a few seconds and then bit me and wouldn't take anymore. Until now she's been a total milkmonster.