Nursing Strike- questions
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|Sun, 11-08-2009 - 9:19pm|
My 11 month old started a nursing strike Friday night.
He nursed fine Friday morning, took bottles of ebm all day Friday while I was at work, tried to nurse when we got home- his over-excited brother was a big distraction- then has refused since. The only exceptions are early morning hours before he is really up. I don't know if that one funky Friday afternoon nursing session did it or what else could have caused it. We have had company this weekend (my mom), but nothing else of note.
He is clearly very upset when I offer- arches his back, cries, etc. There is no interest at all.
I have been pumping since Friday night and giving him bottles of ebm. Even his bottle taking has been weird- lots of sips then pull off, then more sips. He eventually drinks the bottle, but I wonder if that is an indication of someting connected to the strike? He takes bottles every day at daycare, so I know he normally takes them fine.
I have read a lot of the online resources and realize it is both common and will, hopefully, pass. My questions I could not find online-
- Do I offer to nurse at each session? I was not sure what to do today. I knew he would refuse and get upset and I couldn't decide if I should give it some time - like a day or so- or offer to nurse every few hours. I don't want to make it worse and wonder if him getting upset every time will prolong it.
- How long do I try in a session? What happens is as soon as I put him in nursing position, he freaks out. Do I just abort mission at that first sign of rejection in order to avoid making it more upsetting, or keep trying for a little while?
- When they finally come out of it, do they just decide to nurse with no issue, or is it more of a coaxing where they refuse again but through encoruagement decide to nurse?
I am just stuck not knowing how to offer without making this situation worse. Needless to say, I am stressed about it and am sure that is not helping! We were so far into our nursing relationship, and he has been doing so great, I am suprised we are finding ourselves in this situation.