Nursing Aversion and Way To Cope

April 29, 2016

After 15 beautiful months of breastfeeding my little buggy, our journey now has come to an end. It is such a bittersweet ending. One night, we all stayed with my grandmother and she volunteered to let him sleep with her.  One night. That was all I wanted was one night of sleep. I hadn’t had a single night’s sleep since he was born, and I just needed one night.  

Well, that one night came. I thought he would surely wake up and I would feed him and go back to sleep, but here is the kicker…he never woke up. Like the little stinker slept all night long! Without me. Without my “ne-nes”. All night. Then he woke up and has never requested for them again.  He seriously weaned himself in one night, and never cried for them again. I guess he was ready, I’m not sure I was.

But for today’s post I want to focus on something that is apparently normal and not talked about. Nursing Aversion. Have you ever heard of it? Neither had I until recently. How many of you nursing moms are breastfeeding and find yourself becoming tired, irritated, or even repulsed by it. Yes, I see you there in the corner trying not to raise your hand because you don’t want to be judged. Guess what? It is normal!!!! That’s right you heard me, normal.

Apparently it can hit anytime, but it seems to happen after they are a year old and/or you become pregnant. During that time nursing becomes a bother, a burden, and an all around pain the butt.  I loved breastfeeding, I still do, I am a full-blown supporter of breastfeeding but something was happening to me around the time Buggy turned 14 months.  I became irritated. I couldn’t stand the way he wanted to twist my hair or scratch my collarbone. Almost everything about nursing him was driving me insane. It hurt. It took to long, and then I felt bad for feeling this way.  Some days where better then others, and some days I seriously thought I couldn’t take anymore.  Then there were days that everything was fine, and nothing bothered me about it at all. It’s like I would want to push him away from my breast, and other moments I was ready to let him latch on at anytime.

But it’s all-normal. It’s okay. It’s a part of it.

During this time I found a few ways to help cope with nursing aversion.
  •       If your baby lets you, get your mind off of what is going on and get lost somewhere else. Get lost in the magical lands of an unknown kingdom, an underwater city, or a foreign love. Just get your mind off of it, and it seems to not be so bad.
  •        Play on the phone: That’s right, you heard me. People spend a crazy amount of time on the social webs. How many times have you set down to “check something” and find you’ve been on it for 2 hours. Well during a nursing aversion session, why not let that work to your advantage!
  • .    Stop stressing on the feelings: There is nothing worse than mom guilt. Feeling guilty over something you can’t control is a horrible feeling, so try to stop. Remember that all of this is part of it, and kudos to you for keeping on going. You are strong, you are capable, and in the long run you will be so happy you didn’t let this stop you.
  •       Get support: If you are like me, asking for help isn’t always easy. But if it is one of those nights, ask for help. Let your husband help out and hold that baby for a little while, as you gather yourself together. It’s okay to take a little time out for yourself.  Go to the bathroom and hide, go take a shower, or simply find somewhere and cry.  Whatever you need to do to help yourself out.
  •       Prayer: Yeap, this is usually on any of my “list” to help you out. Prayer can help you in any aspect of your life! Pray for strength to continue, pray that you can just make it through one more sitting, or instead do a prayer of thanks that you have the baby, that you have the nourishment of your breast milk, or anything else that comes to mind.

Nursing Aversion is a pain, and it can make you feel like your not yourself. But remembering these few methods and advice can help you get through any night. Have you ever experienced nursing aversion? What did you do to help you cope?  Let me know in the comments!!!


  1. Wow, I honestly never heard of this before. I'm not sure if I've ever dealt with it, I only breastfeed up to 12 months. Thanks for sharing this and informing us all about it!

  2. I only hear about it from here and there, but didn't know anything about it until I was actually going through it. I thought I was crazy, I thought something was wrong. But it was neither of those options, it was something many go to. Kudos to making it to 12 months though, that is amazing!


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