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Lil Tip: A Nursing Strike Pointer

Three months into nursing, my daughter decided to go on a nursing strike. When the baby rejects the breast for anywhere between two days to three weeks, it's typically called a nursing strike. And, unfortunately, bottle-fed babies aren't immune to strikes.

My lil one decided to go for a record breaker and tortured me for close to three weeks. It was a nightmare. She wouldn't take a bottle, sippy cup or a regular cup. I even resorted to a medicine dropper, which was not fun or effective.

Before I lost my sanity, I went to visit a lactation consultant. She thought it was evident that my babe was too interested in the world around her to take time to eat. So she gave me some advice — to wear a big colorful necklace so my baby had something to focus on and play with instead of just boring old me. Thankfully, the tip worked and my lil angel returned.

vincygal vincygal 9 years
The same thing happened to me. I found a great nursing necklace at Now my daughter plays with it all the time. If I am not wearing it she says, "rock? rock?" It's so cute, it sounds more like, "walk? walk?" But it's a good looking necklace so I wear it all the time.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
kimdangirl, Awesome idea!! :) :ROTFL: the look on my b/f's face would be priceless!!! I am definitely going to do that if my future baby(ies) goes on strike!
bidds626 bidds626 9 years
I am also in the no-baby-for-awhile-love-this-section boat! this is a great tip that made me laugh a little too. easy to laugh now till i get my turn with a little one that doesn't want to eat!
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 9 years
Never knew this could happen. Good tip.
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
That's a great tip! Most new moms mistake a nursing strike for weaning. Thanks for posting this! :)
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 9 years
I'm like the other ladies on this board, far from having a baby but I had to comment. All you ladies are talking about getting a nursing necklace but what you're forgetting is the spin you can put on this necklace to your hubby/boyfrind/baby daddy. After days/weeks of no baby eating love, you can go up to him and say "our baby isn't eating, I read in all my books and online that they need something sparkly to look at while nursing." At that very moment you hand him a Tiffany's catalogue with all of the pretty necklaces convieniently circled for him. :) Voila, two birds, one stone.
Drewsfan Drewsfan 9 years
OH! So -that's- what the problem is. Brody sometimes decides he doesn't want to eat from one side, but will be perfectly fine if I put him on the other side. Maybe I'll try getting a nursing necklace. Thanks for the tip!
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
That's never happened to me. That must have been painful! I feel for you! Thanks for the tip.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Advah, I'm totally obsessed w/ this section too!!!! :) And, like you, I am about 5-7 years away from baby time! ;) But then again, I've ALWAYS been baby crazy!!! This is a great tip! I am going to try to stockpile everything in my mind so that I can remember all of this in several years!
Advah Advah 9 years
I'm v far from having kids but for some reason I'm obsessed with this section! Love the tip, I find that really cute your daughter was too bored to think of eating. :D (question: the 'lil' word everywhere is driving me insane, is it just me? :/ )
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
Wow, three weeks is a really long time! :O A nice, quiet and low-lit room will help a nursing baby focus as well.
cutecurls cutecurls 9 years
Great tip, I'll be sure to keep this in mind.
bamf-mylf bamf-mylf 9 years
That's a great tip!! I know my son LOVES playing with my husbands dog tags, that i wear.... Not that he has a problem staying interested in the booby, he's a total booby boy lol.. Nice to see that nursing tips are included around here!
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