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Old 08-03-2006, 12:54 PM   #1
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DS will be 4 months on Saturday. It's about 30 minutes past time for him to eat, and he's crying, but he won't nurse. I'm not sure what to do. I can't just listen to him cry!! Help please!

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My son was 3 months old when he decided to go on a 5 day nursing strike! He didn't really cry when he was hungry, it was just weird for him to not want to nurse after 2 hours of nursing...then 3 hours, then 4 hours....

Whenever I tried to put him on my breast, he arched his back and cried. We tried expressed breastmilk in a bottle (which he had never taken before) and he didn't want that, either--much to my relief! I mean, I wanted him to eat, but I was afraid he was rejecting *me* personally. The only way he would nurse during that period was in a warm shower with me or if he was sleeping. Maybe you could try getting in a bath with him.
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Old 08-03-2006, 01:39 PM   #3
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Re: Nursing strike?

Teething maybe? My DS does that arching back and refusing to nurse thing when he's got a tooth coming in.

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Old 08-03-2006, 01:43 PM   #4
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Re: Nursing strike?

for about 3days when i tried to nurse ds in the cradle hold he would arch back and SCREAM! the only way i got him to nurse was laying down. then we would go back and foth and back and forth till he finally settled down!

its slowly getting better!


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oh no, hows my lil buddy doing now?
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He's better now. Dunno what was up earlier. *sighs* The last thing I need is MORE bfing probs, kwim?
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Re: Nursing strike?

My DD did that at 3 mos old. For a little while I had to make sure to offer the breast a little earlier that I thought she would be hungry so she would still be calm. Also, I think she was becoming more aware of things around her and got distracted easily. So I would take her in a dark quiet room to nurse, even if we were home. Still don't quite know what was up with it, but she is still nursing at 21 mos...
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Mine did this too and I was NOT going to give him formula... He ate when he was hungry. Try spraying him in the face/ mouth with BM. I don't know why but it works.
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