Some babies; adorable as they are will go on nursing strikes from time to time that are anything but cute....
Some babies; adorable as they are will go on nursing strikes from time to time that are anything but cute. If you've ever dealt with engorged over-full breasts and a hungry screaming baby you know what I mean; it's very frustrating when your baby goes on strike. What can you do? Here are some tips to help the two of you make it through in one piece. Some likely culprits of a typical baby nursing strike include ear infections, teething pain, and sudden routine changes. If it seems to be an ear infection (babies will tug on their ears or rub them) then the pediatrician's office is the place to be. For a teething baby try cold washcloths or icy teething rings right before feeding her. If you've mastered walking while breastfeeding try doing both at the same time or sit on the working dryer -- the bouncy movements will maybe sooth her into breastfeeding. If there's been a break in normal (think vacation or having house guests) then spend as much one on one time with your baby as possible. You can be comforting during change. If you are away from home choose one breastfeeding spot and stick to it if possible. If all else fails resort to tricks. Lull your little one to sleep using whatever method works best (sadly this is often breastfeeding -- try the second best thing) once she's almost asleep sneak that breast in her mouth and she may be so sleepy that she won't notice. If you gently rub the inner (not far inner) area of her ear it'll activate a sucking reflex and hopefully she'll eat and snooze at the same time. Don't worry; most strikes are due to teething and are over quick. Next you'll be on to the much more fun baby game of having her pop her head up to look around while you feed her in public; leaving you and your breasts out there all on their own. Ah, memories.

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