Nursing Strike–Day 3

If you are out there and reading, I would love some words of encouragement, advice, similar experiences, etc.


Last night Baby Diva fed right before bed, again at 11pm…and then twice more during the early morning hours (I usually only feed her at 11pm and 5am, but I didn’t want to discourage her interest in Breastfeeding).

Come morning, she would not breastfeed.

I thought, maybe it is just because she ate so well last night?

Would not breastfeed after her morning nap, either.

So, she had a sippy cup of breastmilk and then solid food with breastmilk mixed in for lunch.

I really hope she goes back to nursing. I do not like pumping and my pump is pretty weak. If this continues much longer, I will have to decide how long I will keep pumping and giving her breastmilk to drink and whether or not I need to invest in a better pump.

Right now, I really feel for all of you working (outside the home) moms who pump to keep up breastfeeding!

I had a ton of other posts planned, but right now this is pretty much taking up all of my attention.

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  1. ABW says:

    It’s easier and less work for them to drink from a bottle or sippy cup, so they tend to prefer it once they figure that out–or at least with my three they did. My son is doing the same thing now, and I pump and give him bottles during the day when he won’t nurse (except he bites when he is not interested. Ouch!) He will nurse at night several times, and right after a nap if I get him while he is still groggy. Hang in there, I’m in the same boat! I use the Medela Pump ‘n Style and have had great luck with that. If I am out and about, he will nurse because he knows there is not another option…I can barely get all his stuff ready without having to remember bottles on top of it all!

  2. Mama Luxe says:

    That’s the tough thing, isn’t it? I don’t want her to dehydrate…but I also don’t want her to give up nursing yet. That’s why I am staying away from the bottle as much as possible. I feel like the sippy cup is different enough from the breast that maybe she won’t get the same sort of comfort from it but she’ll still get the nutrition and fluids!

    Today she refused all day and then fed again at bedtime and at 11pm, like yesterday. Better than day 1 when she would not even feed at night at all.

    Thanks for the words of encouragement!!!