Why do I hate breastfeeding my toddler?
It might be nursing aversion and agitation (NAA).
What does nursing aversion feel like?
- Skin crawling sensation during nursing
- Disgust with breast/
chest feeding your child
- Irritation or even rage during a nursing session
How does nursing aversion and agitation affect you?
Many nursing parents feel guilt or shame over their nursing aversion.
You may feel that you would rather feel actual pain with breastfeeding/ chestfeeding rather than deal with aversion.
What can make NAA worse?
Lack of sleep
Tandem feeding parents may feel aversion toward their toddler but not their younger baby.
Tips to ease nursing aversion
Go to ged earlier / get more sleep
Chelated magnesium supplements
Drink lots of water
Therapy, mindfulness practices, and even yoga
Support for nursing aversion and agitation
Nursing aversion does
make you a bad parent. It is not your fault that you have these intense feelings.
There is help for NA, and if you need to wean, that's a valid choice too.
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