I need some advice desperately !!! My 11 month old DD is just recovering from a bad ear infection/sore throat. When she was feeling very bad in the last couple of days, she didn't eat a whole lot, but nursed very frequently. Yesterday, she finally started to feel a lot better (=no more crankiness, lots of playing etc.) and still nursed ok. But then...the last time I remember she nursed was sometime in the early morning hours and since then I tried, tried, tried but no luck. She bit me twice and other than that tried to get away from me at the sight of my nipple (but still cuddled, wanted to be held etc. otherwise). Could she be self-weaning so suddenly? She'd just cut her four upper teeth...but still? I'm very confused now, since she's not a big fan of sippy cups and the like, and feel she might not get enough fluids? How much does she need anyway? My ped always says to feed solids and nurse on cue and that she'll let me know if she's thirsty or hungry. But doesn't she need more than 5 oz. of fluids (that's about what she drank today on top of her 'solid' meals like applesauce, jarred veggies etc.).
Please help !!! I'm desperate 'cause she's right at the age where now I'm unsure about giving her milk or formula.
i'd also suggest trying to nurse her when she's sleepy - even if you have to wake her up after she's been asleep for a few hours and slip an nipple in before she's all the way awak. i know lots of moms who have done this just once and it ended the strike. good luck!
Another thing you can do is try to take a nice warm bath and see if she will nurse in the bath. If her ear is still hurting her, you can try to nurse her in an upright postion that won't put extra pressure on her ear.
Be patient, nursing strikes rarely last long, and let us know how things turn out.