With a nursing strike, a mother might feel rejected,
useless, guilty and very distressed.
This can happen during any time in
any breastfeeding relationship. Baby might suck for a few minutes and
then push away crying and refusing to continue breastfeeding. Baby might not
want to suck at all, even though he/she seems hungry.
Some babies are just very fussy during breastfeeding, stopping
a few times, but continuing this way until satisfied. Some babies may be distracted, or restless and might even be fussy after feedings too.
Take a deep breath and remember that this time will be all worth it in a
few months from now. (Hopefully sooner than that)
Relaxing will help your milk flow more efficiently and
worry never helps to solve anything. If you are feeling
overwhelmed, it would be best to stop trying for now and then try again
later, when you are feeling calmer. Get some help with your baby, so that you can take a break.
Always make sure that your baby drinks enough, even if you need to feed him/her donor breast milk or formula. If you do need to supplement, it's best to use a supplementary nursing aid.
A baby refusing to eat at all "total nursing strike" should be
taken to the doctor, so that he/she can be tested for several things, including ear and throat infections or tongue tie.
How do I Know if Baby is Getting in Enough Milk During a Nursing Strike?
1. Baby should breast-feed at least six times per 24 hours.
- Co-sleeping can also help your baby relax while breastfeeding.
- Bathing together while breastfeeding can relax your baby.
- Pump or
before nursing, to relieve a harsh milk flow. This can also be helpful to those moms with slow let down reflex problems, as the pumping can get the milk flowing before the baby nurses.
- Express breast milk from the breast that was not emptied, this will keep up your milk supply up, on that side, so that you can store the breast milk for a later stage and also to prevent engorgement.