Oone-sided nursing strike?

Discussion in 'The First Year' started by FGMH, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. FGMH

    FGMH Well-Known Member

    I am at a loss what is going on. Our baby boy was always a great nurser. He has upped his intake of solids significantly over the last weeks, he is now 10.5 months, but he still likes to nurse - wake-up, midmorning, nap-time, bedtime, and a lot (really a lot) during the night.
     
    For two days now he has refused the left breast always asking to switch sides or latching and either biting or pulling away immediately (and hurting me). I have to hand-express or pump that side but it does not work well, I can't get a proper let-down, so I am engorged and in quite a bit of pain. I am also afraid of losing my supply on the left side. He nurses well on the right side.
     
    Any ideas what might be going on and what I could do?
     
  2. cheezewhiz24

    cheezewhiz24 Well-Known Member TS Moderator

    Ouch, that must hurt.

    How about a different position on that side than how you usually nurse? Perhaps he is uncomfortable on that side for whatever reason?
     
  3. FGMH

    FGMH Well-Known Member

    Update:
    I got him to nurse the left side properly by latching him while he was fast asleep. I know - he is nearly 11 months and nursing too much at night anyway, but I was in such pain ....
    This morning I saw that he finally cut 2 of the 3 teeth I could see coming through and that seems to have been at least part of the reason because I can now offer both sides again; he prefered the right but took the left side ok-ish today.
     
  4. cheezewhiz24

    cheezewhiz24 Well-Known Member TS Moderator

    Poor kid! I'm glad you were able to get him to nurse and relieve that pressure.
     
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