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    Default 6 week old is in a nursing strike

    Hi Mamas! Any advice is helpful! I have a 6 week old (and a super loud, energetic, wonderful 3 year old) and up until this week the lil one has been breast fed and is supplemented with about 3-6 oz a day. We both have thrush right now. I am curing hers with yogurt, mine with probiotics and coconut oil. She does not seem to be bothered by the thrush. She also had a little rash on the side of her face, and neck which also does not seem to cause discomfort. I attributed the rash to spit up and heat, but after reading some I am wondering if it is causing issues. The past 2 days, little one has absolutely refused to nurse. She will not even entertain the idea of latching on. I am at a loss for what is causing this or what to do to get her to nurse again. She does great with a bottle and pacifier. Most sites say to take away bottles and pacis until the strike is over, however, my 3 year old gets very upset when her sister cries and it causes a very stressful household. Also, skin-to-skin during the day with said energetic, active 3 year old is very minimal. I had the husband come home today over lunch so I could catch an hour of quiet, skin-to-skin time. Oh, little one has also been spitting up A LOT today. She does not seem to be uncomfortable or get upset when spitting up. HELP!!! Ready to nurse my baby again.

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    Default Re: 6 week old is in a nursing strike

    Hi. I agree with your three year old, not feeding a 6 week old who will not nurse is probably not a great idea. Strikes more typically occur in much older babies so that may be why you are seeing that suggestion for strikes.
    A child this age who is not nursing is probably having real difficulty nursing. In this case, withholding nourishment would likely be counterproductive. But how is food being offered? Bottles, spoon or open cup can all work well at this age. Also It is fine to offer a small amount to calm baby, and then offer to nurse. See article I link at end for many such 'instant reward' ideas. Also, if baby is getting bottles, it is important they are given in a breastfeeding supportive way. http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfedbaby.pdf and http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=...36403D3FC35D6E
    Are you sure thrush is not the culprit? Thrush can cause mouth pain, and since nursing is more 'involved" than bottles I think it might be more painful to nurse.
    Do you mean your 6 week old is ingesting yogurt? Have you looked at other means of treating thrush? Here is one popular protocol: http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/conte...agename=doc-CP
    As far as skin to skin-yes, skin to skin is helpful, but the most important thing is to be holding baby and offering the breast at any sign of interest (or even before any sign) So it does not need to be ACTUALLY skin to skin. If you cannot be shirtless, just hold your baby as much as possible with easy access. Do you have a sling or wrap?

    Great article for encouraging baby to nurse: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/
    Last edited by @llli*maddieb; October 7th, 2014 at 12:47 AM.

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    Default Re: 6 week old is in a nursing strike

    with everything above.

    In particular, I have the same question about the yogurt as the PP- is the 6 week-old ingesting it? If so, I would absolutely stop the yogurt and find a different way to deal with the thrush. A 6 week-old baby should be fed exclusively breastmilk or formula or some combination thereof.

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