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Monday, January 28, 2008


Sunday, January 27

For the past couple of days, at some feeding times, Sofia will breastfeed contently (as normal) for about 10 minutes. Suddenly, she'll pull away and start screaming. And no matter what I do, she will not latch again. This strange behaviour really started freaking me out. Especially since she usually feeds for about 25 to 30 minutes about 8 or 9 times a day. Yesterday, she fed 9 times, most at which she only had 10 minutes. The shortest was 6 minutes AND for most of day she was unusually sleepy (yes, even more sleepy than the regular Sofia).

So, Gonzo and I consulted the breastfeeding textbook, "The Guide to Breastfeeding" and found out about "The Nursing Strike" (Newman 171).

Even though obviously hungry, the baby will cry, scream and push away if the mother tries to put him to the breast. Often, the more the mother tries, the more upset the baby gets . . . these were almost always rapidly growing babies from the beginning...The nursing strike may last for only a short period of time, or it may go on for weeks. The majority of nursing strikes do not go on for weeks, but gradually get better over a few days to a week or two. Some stop as suddenly as they start (171-172).


Well, Sofia is that baby that gained rapidly since she was born. She gained all her birth weight back in one week. She is off the graph statistically for height at her age, and well above average for weight.

The textbook advises to just watch to see that the baby continues to pee. Six wet diapers in a 24-hour period is adequate. She is doing that, so I shouldn't need to worry.

Admittedly, I was pretty worried yesterday. It's hard not to worry when your baby starts acting differently than she did previously. Anyway, Dr. Newman states that the reasons aren't really known as to why this occurs. It's pretty weird, but at least now I know what's going on.

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