HELP!! Nursing Strike

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HELP!! Nursing Strike

Postby amykyma » Thu May 02, 2013 9:01 am

Hi girls. My sister has a 10.5 month old who is going on a now 6 day nursing strike. He's doing well with solids and taking her pumped milk from a sippy, but she is not ready to stop nursing. It all started with him biting her several times. She reacted by saying "ow, ow, no, no". Not in a real loud, mean way, but it must have hurt his feelings somehow. Everywhere she's read sounds like babies do usually go back to nursing, but it has now been 6 days and she is getting so discouraged and worried that it won't ever return. Does anyone here have any success stories? Any tips, or words of wisdom?
-Amy, DH Jared
Abigail stillborn at 20 weeks 2-9-2006
DS Kloden 12-12-2008
Chemical PG 8-2010
DD Evelyn 5-9-12

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Re: HELP!! Nursing Strike

Postby BeccaM » Thu May 02, 2013 12:28 pm

I never had to deal with a real nursing strike like that. but all I have ever read would say to try to nurse in a relaxed atmosphere... like lying down in bed in the dark, maybe when baby is drowsy. Was he still night nursing before the strike? Sometimes if they won't nurse during the day, they are receptive in the middle of the night when still waking up, and then that helps them get back into the nursing routine. Sorry, that is all the advice I have, but I hope she and her son are able to have many more happy months of BF'ing ahead of them!
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Re: HELP!! Nursing Strike

Postby jessm » Tue May 14, 2013 10:00 am

Lots of skin to skin and offering the breast (but not forcing) when baby is tired/sleepy. The baby is much more likely to accept the breast then.
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