Okay, this is actually about breastfeeding. Breastfeeding woes, specifically. Finn and I are having issues. He's decided to go on a nursing strike. It all started when he bit me while he was nursing yesterday. Hard. He has four very sharp little teeth now: two on top and two on bottom, and he's working on a few more. When he chomped down on me, I involuntarily yelled out in pain, and that scared him. His little face crumpled up and he started wailing :( This happened a couple times. Now he's afraid of the boobs - or afraid of me - and doesn't want to nurse. Because of this, I spent a couple of hours last night working out a plugged duct - very painful.
I am not ready to wean him. I've nursed all of my babies well past a year, and I very much believe in the benefits of long-term nursing. I also believe that Finn will likely benefit even more than my other babies did. There's also the matter of him not drinking by cup at all yet, so all of his fluid intake is via breastfeeding. I've dealt with the biting phase with each of my babies, but none of them ever refused to nurse. I rocked him and rocked him a little while ago, and kept trying to coax him to nurse, but he woudn't have any part of it and I finally laid him down in his crib without nursing. He nursed twice this morning, and then after his afternoon nap he bit me again and I yelled again, and that's it for today.
I'm a little worried here. Any advice?