My daughter wont breast feed any more.

Stephanie - posted on 10/17/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi my names stephanie and my daughter is 7months n iv breast feed since birth with no gaps. Since Thursday 14th october she wont breast feed. I found out on Friday she has a sore throat and the doctor gave her amoxacillin and paracetamol. On sat as I was getting worried she wasn't taking in any fluids I took her to the badger clinic, where we found she also has thrush. She been having her medication with no gaps but she still wont latch on and breast feed. Iv expressed and offered it in a bottle but she just chews the teat. She wont drink any juices or cold boiled water. Iv had to use my expressed milk 2 mix with baby rice or rusk so she gets her milk, but in doing that she wont have any other food. And then I feel uneasy about giving her solids in-case she becomes constipated. Its now been 4 days tomorrow that she hasn't breast feed and i'm getting scared that she will not go back on. As its way to early for her to come off her milk and I really don't want to have to put her on formula as I dout she will take to it now after all this time. I really don't know what to do any more as times going on.
Has anyone ever been in a case like this, or can anyone make any suggestions to how I can resolve this. Thanks x

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Michelle - posted on 10/18/2010

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I have good news for you... it's a nursing strike! They can last up to a week and are fairly common. It can be very frustrating and stressful for mom, baby and the family. My daughter had two (she's 10 1/2 months), and once she felt better, she was back on the breast. Make sure you pump, pump, pump, so that you maintain your supply. All should be well once baby feels better. Hanging there. Feel free to send me a message if you want more info or support. Good luck!

You can find helpful information in this article:
http://www.llli.org/FAQ/strike.html

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Stephanie - posted on 10/19/2010

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Thanks 4 your comments.
For an update I went and seen a breast feeding midwife on Monday and she told me what you had said Michelle that it cud b a feeding strike, and when she's feeling better she will go back on. Just keep her close to me and do skin 2 skin, and 2 keep my supply up. The only thing is, is that it hurts to express, and because I didn't start till 3days after she had stopped my milk is really low and I'm out of sink with it. I'm starting to feel really low within myself and I know that dosnt help with let down. Its been 5days n it feels as though she isn't going to go back on. Its just hit me really bad, and i think its bringing back my postnatel depression. x

Stacey - posted on 10/18/2010

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my wee girl is 8 months and about three weeks ago, she suddenly decided she didnt want to feed, i tried everything to get her to latch on but she would just refuse to feed and would push me away and cry. this was at three in the morning, so in the morning i tried again and she wouldnt feed so i offered her the bottle and she took it straight away. i tried again over the next few days to get her to breast feed but she didnt want to,she was more than happy to have the bottle. i wasnt very happy about not breastfeeding her anymore, i wanted to continue on but she made the choice and no matter what i tried i couldnt do anything to change it. but over the last few weeks i have noticed a big change in her including sleeping through the night and two naps a day, i was gutted that i had lost the bond with her but i did what i had to, and seeing her more content i dont regret it. i keepted my milk supply going for two weeks but when i knew for sure she wasnt going to latch on again i let it dry up. shes a lot more content now and thats all i can ask for. some people may think its the wrong choice, but when she was checked by the docter and there was no physical reason as to why she wouldnt feed, i was out of options and i did what was best for her.

Jayde - posted on 10/17/2010

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i personally would see a paediatrician if i was in your position. Its easy to say she'll drink when she's ready but i would check up just in case. I don't want to give wrong advice. Good luck hun

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