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How do I re-teach my 10 month to nurse

We just got over hand-foot-and-mouth disease with my 11 month old and due to sores in his mouth he wasn't able to nurse for three days. He is healthy now but since then (about 3 more days) he doesn't want to suck. He takes my milk by sippy cup but not the breast. It's like he forgot how.
Was anyone successful in reteaching their baby or is this the end? I don't know what to do.
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Oh I feel for you! Honestly, I don't think this is the end though. I think it's a nursing strike, which is pretty common after a sore mouth. DS had a nursing strike at 10 months for no reason - unfortunately, it's also common around that age. I was very lucky in that DS's nursing strike only lasted a day but it was really upsetting.
Obviously the main thing to do is pump, pump, pump every single feed you're missing. You will eventually outlast him - babies do not self-wean at 10 months despite what many so-called health professionals tell you. Keep putting baby to your breast every 2 hours like a newborn too, even if he shows no interest, just having him there might start something. If you can get naked, strip him down to a nappy and go get in bed together for the day just to keep him near your boobs.
The way I got DS back on the boob was to wait until he'd fallen asleep at night and then I got in bed and waited for him to start stirring (which he used to do after 45 minutes asleep at that age). As soon as he started stirring and rooting, I stuck my boob in his face! He took it and carried on with his usual night time feeds. The next day we were totally back to normal. I hope that works for you but if it doesn't, don't give up - nursing strikes don't last forever. Keep offering

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