DD is nearly 13 months and has either coxsackie or strep (waiting for test results and have been on antibiotics since Friday) and she hasn't nursed since 09/14 -- 5 days. Prior to that, she was nursing 4-5x per day. We have been syringe-feeding liquids and also using an open cup; water, pedialyte and my pumped milk. I'm pumping 3-4 times per day to try to keep my supply up. She's eating solids MUCH better in the last 24 hours. The act of sucking on a straw cup seems really uncomfortable still so I'm assuming nursing would be WAY worse. I keep offering to nurse and she either walks away or if she does allow me to start to latch her, when it comes time to actually latch and suck, she moves away and signs "all done."
I know that the recommendation for breaking a strike is lots of skin-to-skin and bedding down to woo them back to the breast, which is all great... for a younger and less active kid! Now that she's feeling a little better, she doesn't want to sit and cuddle, she wants to go play. We took a bath together yesterday but of course she just wanted to play and splash with me. I try to sneak it in when I'm rocking/singing/wearing her down and she's drifting off but it's not working. She wakes back up. Yesterday I did lay on the couch topless and express a few drops to show her and she licked them a bit, which was super positive. I asked for kisses and then asked if she could give Mama's milk kisses and she did both. Very sweet. I've nursed her favorite toys and she's interested in watching but doesn't try to nurse afterwards.
I'm trying to be zen with it if she's done but man, I'm so not ready for her to wean… and especially not so abruptly. It's seriously breaking my heart.. not to mention the crazy hormone roller coaster I'm on from a sharp drop in oxytocin and prolactin. Pumping just isn't the same. :(
Any tips or thoughts? I would so greatly appreciate any insight you Mamas can offer! Thank you.