Who knew babies went on strike? Breastfed babes usually want nothing more than to snuggle up with mommy as they feed, but it's not uncommon for a frequent nurser to suddenly go on a nursing strike — when a baby refuses to breastfeed. The reasoning for the refusal is not always clear leaving a frustrated mama searching for the culprit. It is typically a quick phase that is over almost as quickly as it began, but it can drive a mommy mad in the meantime. Here are 11 reasons tots typically take a nursing strike.
Three months into nursing, my daughter decided to go on a nursing strike. When the baby rejects the breast for anywhere between two days to three weeks, it's typically called a nursing strike. And, unfortunately, bottle-fed babies aren't immune to strikes.
My lil one decided to go for a record breaker and tortured me for close to three weeks. It was a nightmare. She wouldn't take a bottle, sippy cup or a regular cup. I even resorted to a medicine dropper, which was not fun or effective.
Before I lost my sanity, I went to visit a lactation consultant. She thought it was evident that my babe was too interested in the world around her to take time to eat. So she gave me some advice — to wear a big colorful necklace so my baby had something to focus on and play with instead of just boring old me. Thankfully, the tip worked and my lil angel returned.