Re: Nursing strike--will it ever end?
Can you tell us how much you pump when you empty your breasts after nursing? I am kind of wondering if the issue could be a fast letdown related to milk oversupply. Fast letdowns often result in rapid feedings (3-4 minutes is fast, but also not that fast considering that your baby is 4.5 months old), and can also lead to a baby resisting nursing because nursing from a firehouse isn't much fun! Fast letdowns can contribute to bottle preference because the flow from the bottle is sometimes easier to control than the flow from the breast.
Basically, if your baby is nursing well, nursing 8-9 times a day should be enough to maintain your supply with no need for pumping. Just nurse on demand, and everything should be fine. Even if that means that your baby seems to be "snacking" rather than "eating": many babies prefer frequent small meals to infrequent large ones.
Don't get too discouraged, mama! Your baby's weight gain and diaper output is good- that means everything is going well on a basic level.
Oh- and anything else you can tell us about nursing would be good. Is it ever painful, is it more frequent than you expect, are you leaking a lot, feeling engorged or "full"? All those things would be informative.
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