Please help. My 5 month old just ended a week+ long nursing strike yesterda! Yay!! But now Iam absolutely PARANOID that if I don't let down as soon as he latches on, he's going to start the strike again. And I think worrying about that is making it a reality. He ate at 5am this morning and then screamed when I tried to feed him at 8 and again when I tried to feed him at 9, although he eventually did eat for a few minutes at 9.
I know I'm supposed to relax and envision milk pouring into his mouth. I also know there's plenty of milk in there if it would just come out. Problem is I can't. Trying to relax feels like almost as much pressure as trying to let down.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Also, how long can 5 month olds go between feedings? Am I just assuming his little noises are hunger cues and trying to feed him before he's ready? Seems like even after a really good meal like he had at 5am, after 4 hours he would have to be hungry, but he would let go and cry even while milk was still coming out. Is that wrong? Can babies comfortably go more than 4 hours during the day without eating at this age? Or is he beginning his strike again