Alison - posted on 03/05/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )
I've tried everything under the sun for my son's nursing strikes... It feels like that anyway. We've been having this problem off and on since the very end of January now. And I'm just assuming it is a nursing strike...I've made previous posts on here about this and most everyone seemed to come to that consensus. This is sorta my last stab for help before talking to the pediatrician at his four-month appointment on Tuesday and taking her advice-whatever it may be.
Here's his stats:
* My son will be 4 months old on the 9th.
* Very healthy weight gain at every checkup.
* Totally average in weight and height at his 2 month appointment.
* Has been breastfed since birth and didn't start having problems until end of January.
* Incredibly fussy and wiggly...kicks his legs, pulls on and off my breast, sometimes will cry.
* Doesn't want to stay latched on anymore.
* Still looks incredibly healthy and acts happy except for when I try to nurse him.
* Not dehydrated.
These are the sources I've looked at:
* La Leche League website
* AAP's book, "New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding"
* "Bestfeeding: How to Breastfeed Your Baby" by Mary Renfrew, et. al.
After researching these websites and books, this is what I've found:
* I'm NOT filling him up on solids because he hasn't started solids OR rice cereal yet.
* He's not being bombarded by the bottle...he gets one pumped bottle a day in the evening from his Dad.
* I nurse frequently, every 2 hours, offering even if he isn't interested.
* I never wait until he demands to be nursed except for in the middle of the night (this was suggested by my pediatrician because he'd gained weight beautifully). Even then, he'll usually wake up every 3 hours and I am a light sleeper and will have him nursing before he can start crying to be fed.
* He has never been sick.
* I have not lost weight rapidly to effect milk supply.
* I am not taking medication/herbs that would effect milk supply.
* My son is not distractable...I nurse him in our bedroom where it is dim, quiet, no TV or radio.
* My son only likes to be nursed in the side-lying position...sitting in other positions only makes his squirming worse.
* I don't have an overly fast let-down (he's not choking and I'm not spurting) and my letdown doesn't seem too slow...he'll get fussy no matter the speed of the letdown.
* I've been drinking LOTS of water and eating LOTS of oatmeal just to boost my milk supply if that IS the case.
* I am choosing not to do fenugreek because it hasn't been evaluated by the FDA and I want to make sure anything I take won't have any negative side effects on my son.
* I've tried singing, talking, etc. during our nursing in case that would calm him.
* I always am in close contact with him...baby wearing, skin-to-skin contact, warm baths, etc. We do not share a bed because my husband is a sound sleeper, but he is in our room in his crib three feet away from me.
* I haven't changed my deoderant, soap, shampoo, etc.
* I haven't been pushing for weaning...I was planning on breastfeeding until 6 months.
* I'm a stay-at-home mother so the only stress I've had aside from normal adjustment to having a baby is just over these feeding issues.
Anyway.....none of this is adding up. I feel so frustrated...just want to know if there is anything I can do.