The last 3 days my son (11-months) has either been sick and major teething (Dr said it's a bad cold virus, plus he's getting a molar and 2 other teeth) and he's not nursing. I get him into his usual nursing position, he arches his back, pushes the boob away, and cries. I've tried having him nurse while sitting up (how he's preferring to go to sleep right now--usually he nurses to sleep) but he refuses; I've tried giving him both cool and warm breastmilk in a sippy cup (after a few sips he pushes it away); and he's been refusing a bottle for months. In general over the last 4-5 days he's nursing less, like only spending a few minutes on each side as opposed to getting a full feeding. Any suggestions? Obviously if he's sick I'd really like for him to be getting breastmilk right now, so that's a concern. But my biggest concern is that this might affect him breastfeeding at all. I'm offering foods and water which he's eating/drinking--less than usual but he is eating/drinking. I am also trying to pump as often as he normally would eat (about every 3 hours). But I can't seem to get much out of each breast, even looking at pictures of him or having something that smells like him. So each breast is pretty full even after pumping for 15 min. or so. Two nights ago I finally gave in and gave him Advil, and at one point I did get him to sleepily nurse on one side, but then he woke up and adamantly refused.
I don't know if this has anything to do with it, or maybe just coincidence, but on Saturday I started taking fermented cod liver oil again. I had been taking it for quite a while until about a month ago, but stopped while I was waiting for a different kind to be delivered. Do either of you know if this can affect the taste of breastmilk? (It sure taste's nasty to take!) It didn't seem to affect him nursing when I was taking it before, so this would surprise me, but I guess you never know...
Any advice would be appreciated!!!!
By the way, I also have a sick 4-year-old, so laying in bed all day trying to get him to nurse is really not an option. (Not like he would sit on the bed that long anyway, even sick he's a busybody!!)