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Nursing strike

Postby stacey0513 » Sat Apr 14, 2012 4:50 pm

My 4 month old is on a nursing strike I think and I think my supply is suffering from it. I try to feed him and he will suck for like a second then pull off and SCREAM. I will fight with him for like 5 mins then I just give up. I have tried different positions and nothing seems to matter. I don't have the time to pump during the day usually and I have never been a successful pumper, I am lucky to get 2 oz. Any suggestions, I am not ready to stop breastfeeding him yet. We do supplement with formula some but I don't want to fully give up breastfeeding!
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Postby LaraE » Sat Apr 14, 2012 7:08 pm

how long has he been refusing? i remember my LO went through spurts where she would refuse one side for a bit, sometimes 24-48 hrs or so. but eventually she would be fine.

is he sick?
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Postby stacey0513 » Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:24 am

He is not sick and I don't think he is teething. This has only been going on for a few days. My husband is home so for the next day or 2 I am going to try to pump as much as possible and I think I am gonna try mother's milk tea and or fenugreek to build my supply. I think him not breastfeeding is catching up with me and making my supply low.
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Postby LaraE » Sun Apr 15, 2012 8:08 am

That def could be. I would suggest to keep putting him to the breast every few hrs and try to be as relaxed as possible when you do.
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Postby LaraE » Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:03 pm

Any update? Hopefully the strke was temporary and things are back to normal for you.
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Postby BeccaM » Thu Apr 26, 2012 7:37 am

My LO did something similar. He was teething and cranky, but mostly it was because he wanted instant gratification--faster letdown! Especially if your LO is getting supplemented with a bottle, he may want your letdown to come faster, because he's accustomed to the instant response of the bottle.

I stressed about this for a while, which of course made my letdown come even slower! I finally found a solution--stimulate my own breasts by rolling the nipple back and forth between my fingers to get the milk to come down (took a few minutes sometimes at first) and then latch him on right away. The problem disappeared after that, and then after a time, I didn't even have to get my milk to let down in advance. He just outgrew it.

I would bet that's part of your issue! I do hope things improve for you.
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Postby jessm » Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:11 am

I hope its over, but it could be something you are eating. Some babies get picky.
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