Is my baby on a nursing strike?

Leesa - posted on 06/05/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )




My baby girl is 7 months and just recently has been fussing and crying at the breast. I've tried everything from singing to praising her to get her to go longer but it just seems like such a battle we are both no longer enjoying it. I do feed her solids but they are always after breast milk and I feed her the solids as soon as i finish the breastfeed so she isn't filling up on them too much. Not sure what to do my maternal health nurse has told me she should be be nursing 4 times a day with 3 meals of solids but it is nearly impossible to get her to breastfeed that much.


Tiffini - posted on 06/05/2011




I have had different breast feeding experiences with each of my children. My oldest refused to go to breast so I pumped for her. After the lose of my 2nd daughter, I continued to pump for a full 4 month. All my milk was donated to another baby in the nicc that desperately needed it. Just 10 months later I began nursing my twins. Against all odds & several strikes I nursed my son for 18 months & his twin sister for 30 months! I am now nursing my youngest daughter, who was never refused a chance to nurse in her 19 months! She may nurse 6-8 times & is eating 3 meals plus several snacks. She is healthy weight & developmentally advance.
All of my kids were & are great solid food eaters. But I have always been determined to provide breastmilk for the at least the 1st year. During the strikes the twins put me through, I offered "fresh" milk but would pump & cup it if one or both refused. Their strikes usually only lasted a few days & my supply hadn't diminished. Just remember that each child's nursing experience is different & will change through out. As long as she is growing & thriving don't worry if she isn't nursing X number of times a day.

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