Literally, that’s all I’m doing since Sophia decided she’s a “big girl” now. No more nursing for her!
Yah, for her!
Tears, sobs, for mommy!
I can’t begin to tell you what an emotional rollercoaster this was for me.
It started a few days after Christmas; Sophia was pushing me away during her nightly feeding time. I just figured she wasn’t hungry or maybe her teeth were bothering her, so I put her in her crib and off to sleep she went.
The following morning, same thing! Pushing me away and now a bit of whining. Again, I thought maybe her teeth were bothering her, so I made a bottle and she sucked down eight ounces in minutes.
Still, wasn’t thinking anything of it.
As her mid-day feeding time approached, I wondered if she’ll be interested in nursing. As we made our way to “our chair” in her nursery, it started as soon as I sat down, the pushing and whining.
As this was happening, I started to rack my brain to figure out. “What did I do for her to not want me?”
Tell her “No!” when she wanted to “take a bite”- Sign # 1
Notice she had to “suck” a bit harder, recently- Sign # 2
Notice although she was intersted in nursing, as soon as she heard anything, she’d look to see what was going on- Sign # 3
Even though I realized the thoughts above, I didn’t think these were “the signs” of her saying, “No thanks, Mommy, I’m a big girl now.”
At this point, I started to freak-out and beat myself up. I was on the computer for hours Googling for answers. I came across what is called a “Nursing Strike.”
What is a nursing strike?
Maybe I didn’t do anything wrong?
As I think back throughout this emotional rollercoaster, I learned so much about myself as a breastfeeding mommy and about breastfeeding in general: