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    Default what can I do about this nursing strike?

    My 2-month-old and I have had problem after problem with breastfeeding. Every time she overcomes one problem it feels like she develops or reverts to another. We have recently moved out-of-state. It was a long and stressful move and halfway through she began displaying nursing strike behavior--arching away angrily from the breast, etc. It's been several days since she began doing this--some days are better than others and I can always get some milk down her in the end. But I worry because she has a history of poor weight gain. (only gained 2 lbs since birth, tho she is developmentally/neurologically on target. She was very big at birth.) I would pump and give her bottles in a heartbeat but I had to return the hospital-grade pump when we moved and now only have a handpump; frankly, we are not in a position financially to buy or rent a good pump for at least another few weeks. I could try to give her formula because WIC pays for it--but I've already put so much time and effort into breastfeeding, and anyway I know she'll absolutely hate it. (I've never had much luck giving her even my pumped milk.) On the other hand I am VERY tired of stressing over one thing after another. Is there any way I can "fix" her nursing strike at least?

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    Default Re: what can I do about this nursing strike?

    Your WIC gives you free formula but not a pump or lactation support? You may need to ask around your local breastfeeding support people (Like LLL, Breastfeeding Coalitions, Lactation consultants, etc,) to find out if there are free or low cost options in your area. The person on the other end of the line at WIC may have no idea what their own agency offers. WIC is supposed to be offering mothers effective lactation support. Of course some WICs do a much better job at this than others.

    2 pounds since birth- how old (days) exactly is baby? is this 2 pounds over birth weight or 2 pounds gain from lowest weight?
    Until this issue started, was baby nursing frequently-10 times a 24 hour day, or more?

    to answer your question, this article has the best ideas for encouraging baby back to the breast. http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/

    Without knowing more about why your baby might be arching or what you have tried, I also suggest, try different nursing positions. Having baby more ‘on top’ of mom, or sidelying, or in some way getting baby’s head above tummy at the breast can help in some cases.
    Here are several links to more info on positioning:

    Tips with pictures on latch and different positioning ideas (includes side lying) http://www.llli.org/faq/positioning.html

    Laid back position http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfeeding.pdf

    Laid back video http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html

    Here are two simple pictorials, you want the one on latch. Notice that the mother is in a “slightly” laid back position, looks like on a couch? This is a very “adjustable” position, play around to find how you and your baby are most comfortable. http://cwgenna.com/quickhelp.html

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    Thanks for the links. Interestingly, baby will want to latch in the laid-back position even if she's been refusing the breast in other positions, but her latch is so poor there that I hate to let it go. She weighed 10 and a half lbs at birth and now weighs 12 and a half. (her lowest weight after birth was 9 lbs 12 oz.) She is 69 days old.

    I will check back in with WIC to see if they have lactation support. IDK why that did not occur to me before--I knew they had it at our old WIC, tho I used a different organization for lactation support. (There was an IBCLC school that offered support for free. I miss it!) I will also check around lll meetings, etc. I think the move made me all discombobulated that I didn't think of these things!

    Baby is a big snacker and would typically take a little every 30 minutes to an hour during the day when she wasn't sleeping. Including 2 night feedings I would guess she ate at least 15 times a day or so, but again, not very much per feeding (except at night.) She still wants to snack now but often will either pull away after only a very short time or not latch at all. If she's sleepy I can sometimes get her to take a little more.
    Last edited by @llli*petrie; June 29th, 2013 at 08:47 PM.

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