Monday, March 8, 2010

The Strike

So, Saturday afternoon Madison went on strike.  I have no idea what her demands were or what prompted this strike, but she was adamant about striking.  After a great morning, a good nap, and a happy wake up at 1:15, she refused to nurse.  It was not a mild refusal.  It was an all out screaming and crying and turning away from me refusal.  I tried feeding her every hour for the next two hours.  She would have nothing to do with my food supply.  However, she was happy to take the same thing she refused by bottle.  She did this for the next feeding even though I attempted to trick her with a different eating position - she was not easily duped.  At 3am, however, she woke up, not thinking entirely clearly, and nursed just fine.  Then, halfway through that feeding, she remembered she was on strike and refused to nurse on the other side.  In the morning, she decided that she would nurse BUT only if she was mostly sitting up - none of that cradling for this big girl.  By the 2 o'clock feeding, Madison called the strike to an end.  I thought I had won, but really what is winning when it means that she is making up for missed feeding during the strike and therefore eating every 2 hours during the day and every half hour before really going to bed for the night.  Whatever, it is over and that is what is important.  Have any of you mothers out there experience this?  It was more frustrating than I let on in this blog, but at this point, I just have to chuckle about it :)  Have a great Monday.

3 comments:

Sassy said...

You should ask my mom about this.

Diane said...

Hi Erin,
Hope things are going better today...Just a quick comment about Madison's strike....
Remembering back to my nursing days once the baby takes from a bottle (which is easier for them) then that is what they are going to want all the time. I would continue to do both if that works for you. Reading from your pass comments since she is nursing all the time maybe she is not getting enough milk, that why she wants the bottle..you really need to call your doctor. Just relax too the baby will sense your frustration. Good luck... call me if you need to talk.

Diane said...

Found this too on the internet...
you might want to check out the site below
.... "Preference to other form(s) of feeding- A baby will prefer what stresses her less. She will be more cooperative to the feeding method she has already mastered. "Nipple Confusion" generally refers to a baby preferring to feed from a bottle rather than from the breast. If baby has had bottles and breast, and the breast does not get her the milk she wants at the speed she wants it, she will have a nipple preference. So even though it is called nipple confusion, Beverly sees it as a bottle preference because the baby is not confused at all. She will tell you so with loud protest!"
http://www.mobimotherhood.org/MM/article-refusal.aspx