Re: nursing strike
Hello! First of all, hugs to you momma. Nursing strikes are VERY stressful for the entire family. Do you have any clue what is causing the strike? It could be a wide range of problems- teething, ear infection, major changes, different smelling product (deodorant, laundry det, perfume soap...), sickness, or just unexplained fussiness of the baby.
Since you're nursing at night that's a great sign!!! Definately keep up the nighttime nursing. Sometimes once the baby discovers the world they tend to nurse a lot less during the day and make up for it at night.
My own experience with a nursing strike was caused by an ear infection and a cold. Then he associated nursing with pain and continued to strike long after the ear infection was gone. I had to spend DAYS gently coaxing him back to breast- we took baths together, read books, cuddled, spent a lot of skin to skin contact time, and just kind'a relaxed. Then one day he latched on for about 10 minutes for comfort nursing. He comfort nursed for a few days- every time milk would let down he would scream and pull off... but then slowly we recovered. The strike was over, seemed endless while it was happening but now that I look back it seems so far away!!!
I had to pump during the strike to keep my milk flowing and I know what you're going through emotionally. I felt like crying too. But you have to understand the baby isn't rejecting YOU they are just acting out for something that's either bothering them or they're simply telling you they need more momma cuddling time.
Hang in there, and don't supplement. I personally would find another pedi that is supportive of breastfeeding. Have you attended any local LLL meetings? That's another awesome way to surround yourself with supportive women who can help you through this strike. My LLL leader is always there for me by phone calls and emails when I need help.
Keep us posted!!!