Re: Is this a nursing strike or what?
Okay, this doesn't sound like an insufficient milk problem, if the milk is "pouring" into his mouth when he unlatches. It could be a flow issue- sometimes babies will pop off the breast during letdowns, in an effort to avoid a fast flow of milk. If that's the case, the best thing to do is to be extremely patient. Catch the overflowing milk in a cloth, and wait for the baby to relatch. Once he's hungry enough, he should be willing to do so- unless you short-circuit his hunger with a bottle. At this point, I think I would avoid bottles as much as possible, and engage every shred of patience. If he does the latch-unlatch thing fifty times before finally settling in and nursing, that's annoying but okay.
Another thing that could be happening, at 4.5 months, is teething. Teething can cause excessive drooling, hand-chewing, and a desire to chomp on pacis and bottles. Chomping on mom is also common.
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