I don't think it's about hunger as I have an over-abundant milk supply (I still leak/spray and can pump 8 oz. in 10 minutes) and she eats TONS of solid foods. And I'm not sure if it's teething since she just got her first four molars (she has 12 teeth) and seems to be done with that for now.
I have tried:
- Repeatedly breaking suction when she really clamps down... but she just latches right on again (or cries if I don't let her).
- Giving her cold wet facecloths or teething toys or a sippy cup with soft nipple... NOT interested. (And she's never taken a paci and hates bottles).
- Cuddling or rocking her--she screams and screams and pulls on my shirt and asks to nurse ("na na na na")
- Closing up my nursing bra and holding her tight and saying "sleep sleep sleep" (which is normally a good way to help her off to sleep but in this case is just resulting in her screaming and crying for a few minutes until I relent and reopen the bra...)
And I'm 100% against crying it out or not responding to her or putting her in another room and ignoring her... but I am considering sleeping in the other room and letting my husband see if he can get her to go back to sleep when she wakes up tonight--when I gave her to him this morning he was able to rock her to sleep in five minutes. That might have been a fluke, though...
help? advice? commiseration? thanks in advance!