Nursing Strikes Introduction The following techniques have proven helpful for a wide range of problems with baby refusing the breast. Some of the babies who might benefit include: a newborn or older adopted baby trying to figure out how to breastfeed a previously-weaned baby whom you wish to breastfeed again a baby who seriously resists nursing or even being placed in a nursing position a baby with nipple confusion a baby who is a fussy nurser but does not completely refuse the breast a baby on a nursing strike Even if you have a baby who adamantly resists nursing, getting your baby to breast is very possible but it will probably require time, patience, and kangaroo-style frequency. If you have a newborn who is not latching on, do keep in mind that almost all reluctant nursers will start latching by four to eight weeks of life. The Basics Follow the Rules The two primary rules when you have a baby who is having problems nursing are: Feed the baby. A baby who is getting the right amount of calories and nutrition is best able to learn how to nurse. Maintain milk supply.
A baby who is truly ready to wean will almost always do so gradually, over a period of weeks or months. Nursing strikes can be frightening and upsetting to both you and your baby, but they are almost always temporary. Most nursing strikes are over, with the baby back to breastfeeding, within two to four days. First thing to remember is to feed the baby. The other important thing is to protect your supply. Nursing strikes happen for many reasons. They are almost always a temporary reaction to an external factor, although sometimes their cause is never determined.
Breast Rejection: A Little-Appreciated Cause of Lactation Failure
Why would a baby go on a breast-feeding strike? Answer From Melissa A. Kurke, R. Many factors can trigger a breast-feeding strike — a baby's sudden refusal to breast-feed for a period of time after breast-feeding well for months. Typically, the baby is trying to tell you that something isn't quite right.
If your baby was nursing well and suddenly refuses your breast, this may be what some call a nursing strike. A nursing strike usually lasts two to four days, but it may last as long as ten days. It may take some ingenuity plus the following insights and suggestions to help a striking baby go back to breastfeeding. What to Do When a baby completely refuses the breast, focus first on two things: 1. Expressing your milk 2.