Nursing strike or what? I feel like I'm doing something wrong.

Jennifer - posted on 05/23/2011 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I just started a second job on tuesday. I have been doing orientation every night since then (eight hour shifts). And she now gets formula when I'm not home to nurse since I ran out of pumped milk and just don't have time to pump between jobs, etc. And last night when I got home, my daughter refused my breast. I tried again and again, and finally just quit trying. She hadn't eaten for a few hours, so I know she was hungry. So my husband changed her and laid her down and offered her a bottle of formula. She instantly took it, and was happy to do so. She nursed once at 4:30am and has since then refused me again and again, but she will take the bottle. It's like when she's awake and aware she doesn't want me at all. She cries for daddy. What does this mean? And what can I do to get her to take the breast again? I feel like a horrible mom. Thanks in advance.

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Amy - posted on 05/23/2011

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When my daughter gets like this I start with a bottle and then as she's getting drowsy I switch her onto the breast. It usually works, since she is still feeding at night try offering her a feed right before you go to bed, if I work late or leave before my daughter is awake I'll offer a dreamfeed.
Also when your husband offers the bottle make sure you're using a newborn or 0-6 month nipple that way she still has to work at it rather then just having it come out. Try your best to pump while at work as often as possible, you need to keep up your supply which could also be contributing to the problem. Good luck, I work 50 hours a week and my daughter is still bf'ing at 14 months old, it's a lot of work but it's so worth it!

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