Poll Discussion: Nursing Strikes

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A nursing strike is very stressful for both mom and baby. I always like to try to do polls that can provide helpful information for people facing hard situations who want to know what those situations were like for others. 

It is very helpful for me when compiling answers if you at least number the answers you give. You can also copy the questions and answer them. If the question does not apply to you, simply put “N/A.”

  1. If you breastfed, did baby ever have a nursing strike? (a time when baby refuses to eat?)
  2. Did the strike mean no eating at all, or just less eating?
  3. How long did the strike last?
  4. Did anything help baby to eat better?
  5. Any advice for moms facing a nursing strike?

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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3 Comments

  1. toomuchinfo
    September 23, 2015 / 8:05 PM

    1. If you breastfed, did baby ever have a nursing strike? (a time when baby refuses to eat?) Yes. Twice in 9 months.2. Did the strike mean no eating at all, or just less eating? First time he was exclusively breastfed, so he just ate less. The second time he was already eating solids, so he completely refused nursing for a few days.3. How long did the strike last? 3-5 days4. Did anything help baby to eat better? Tylenol. He was teething…5. Any advice for moms facing a nursing strike? Lots of patience, it will pass. And observe the baby to learn what is really bothering him/her.

  2. the mother ship
    October 10, 2015 / 6:50 PM

    1. DS1 – Yes, twice DS2 – No, not that I recall. DS3 – Yes, once–if you want to call it that.2. DS1 – Strike #1 – No eating Strike #2 – Less eating DS3 – Less eating3. All strikes lasted about a week as far as I can recall.4. DS1 – Strike #1 – At five months. He would not nurse at all if he was aware of what was going on. I could get him to nurse when he was asleep sometimes, but if he woke he would quit. He was sick and once the sickness passed, he started nursing normally again. Strike #2 – At nine months. This strike occurred the week I conceived our second baby. I assume something changed in my milk. I had to reintroduce a dream feed to get him to nurse. After his strike, he never did go back to nursing normally. DS3 – At 4.5 months. His "strike" occurred after a bad month of waking often in the night and nursing. He almost completely stopped nursing in the day. Cutting the night feedings back out solved the problem.5. Don't panic. Nursing strikes happen but they do pass. Pump if you're worried about your supply. Try feeding baby when he/she is asleep.

  3. Valerie Plowman
    October 20, 2015 / 9:42 PM

    Thank you everyone for your comments!

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