Re: Breastfeeding strike?
Many babies have a block of several hours each day during which they are extremely and may refuse to nurse. As long as the baby isn't sick and is nursing normally at all other times of the day, then this behavior is normal infant fussiness, and not a nursing strike per se. Though fussy evenings can be intense, it is also temporary, and most babies outgrow them by around 3 months, though. Some have fussy periods out to 6 months or so.
Some things to try when evening fussiness strikes:
- Nurse as much as possible
- Reduce stimulation by turning the lights, TV, and stereo down, or preferably off
- White noise- vacuum cleaner sounds, radio static, dryer noises, etc.
- Motion- rock in a rocker, bounce gently on an exercise ball, swing baby in a swing, wear baby in a sling and go for a walk, stroller ride, etc.
- Warm bath
- Trip outside into the fresh air
It's all about changing the baby's sensory input, and distracting him/her from fussiness for a short while. None of these techniques works for very long, so you have to keep changing it up!
All that being said, I think now probably is a very good time to start offering one bottle per day. AFAIK, you don't want your baby's first experience with a bottle to be the day you return to work. Some babies wil refuse the bottle, and a little practice with it can make the transition easier for everyone.
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