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Old 12-14-2007, 08:08 AM   #1
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Breastfeeding refusal linked to ovulation/period?

Has anyone read/heard/experienced anything about babies refusing to eat during the mom's ovulation and/or period?

Starting Tuesday evening, Laura was refusing to eat. She would scream, arch her back and just outright refuse. Yet - she took it from a bottle just fine. (Lots more details in the thread I started here about it) ...

I went through MANY theories of why she was doing this...
overtired (although her naps were still normal)
reflux (but why would she take a bottle with no problem?)
teething (why did it only happen in the evening?)
nipple confusion/preference (had we ruined latch by letting her have a paci for putting herself to sleep?)
sensing my anxiety about having to return to work on Monday
... and on and on and on...

then last evening I stumbled across a website that says ovulation can cause problems... (I wish I had saved the site, but I was deep in a google search and have no idea what site it was)

When I thought about that I put together a few things and I think THAT is the reason for the problems...
*Last Thursday my cervix was really low (TMI of how I know!)
*Lots of eggwhite CM on Sunday (where was that when we were trying to get pg!?!)
*SORE nipples over the weekend - I thought her latch had gone bad.
*Cramps over the weekend that made me take ibuprofen
... and now all those things are back to normal and this morning she seems to be eating just fine!

So maybe my hiatus of being period free is coming to an end? At least she's eating again! That was a stressful 2.5 days! Nothing like feeling rejected by your own baby.

Has anyone else experienced nursing refusal that seemed to be correlated with getting their period?


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Old 12-15-2007, 12:54 AM   #2
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Re: Breastfeeding refusal linked to ovulation/period?

Well, my supply seems to drop just before AF arrives, so ds isn't as happy when he nurses. But he doesn't refuse-just pops off a lot wondering where his milk is, I think.
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