Tips to help durinG a nursing strike

Continuing our conversation with International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and RN, Dewlene Broyles, with Mom Support in Weatherford, Texas and Dr. Michelle Parker that is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant + Board Certified Pediatric Diplomate from the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics with The Chiropractic Place for Mommy and Me in Aledo, Texas, we are chatting about some simple ways you can help your baby during their nursing strike.

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1.      Try to feed them when they are calm. It sounds easier said than done, but if they are sleepy, they are less likely to argue about eating. This is where dream feeding can be done successfully.

2.      Taking a warm bath together. Embrace the time they need to be bathed while you do too and emerge yourself in some warm water with baby lying on your chest in a safe position. Sometimes the warmth of the water can make them feel cozy and relaxed just enough to get them to eat.

3.      Pull in the help from others. If you are feeling tense with them being upset or not wanting to eat, then try handing them to your partner or friend to help get them relaxed and then hand back to you to feed them.

4.      Skin-to-Skin. This honestly should be the #1 thing to implement when a baby seems to be in a nursing strike. Try hanging out with their skin contacting your skin, also known as skin-to-skin, as much and as often as possible. Skin-to-skin contact is a great way to connect with your baby.

5.      Be comfortable with shorter feeds at this time. If you can get baby to nurse, then they may not want to do a full feed or will feed less times a day during this phase.

6.      Cut out as much stimulation as you can. Staying at home, as much as possible is huge. Decreasing the noise, the sounds, the sights can often times help de-stress and de-stimulate your baby to become more relaxed.

7.      Realize that nursing strikes typically last 3-5 days. If they have just started rolling over, sitting up or are really working hard on crawling, then their little brains may be preoccupied with wanting to master that new skill than feeling the need to eat.

8.      Pump or hand express. If your baby typically eats 8-12 times a day and you are only able to get them to latch on and feed maybe 3-4 times a day, then you will want to make up those missed feeds by using an electrical pump or hand expressing to keep your supply up.

9.      Contact IBCLC. If you have tried these recommendations and baby just still seems not wanting to eat, then reach out to an IBCLC, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, to pull in the professional support and help to get this figured out.

10. Schedule a bodywork session for baby. Sometimes babies can be uncomfortable due to tightened or tense muscles and need some bodywork consisting of gentle craniosacral therapy and/or myofascial release to get their body moving better. To find a Pediatric Certified Chiropractor in your area, click on “Find A Chiropractor” at www.ICPA4Kids.com for professional support near you. 

Nursing strikes in breastfeeding babies and The Reasons wHy they happen

Today, the Nursing Tribe of Parker County met at East Parker Coffee Company in Aledo, Texas with Dewlene Broyles + Dr. Michelle Parker and local mamas with their babies to chat about all-things nursing strike. The most common reasons for why these may happen are:

—>Growth Spurts. Growth spurts, or also known as leaps, can cause babies brain to pre-occupied with learning that new trick or skill instead of wanting to eat.

—>Distraction. It is easy for a baby to become distracted if big brother or sister is running around and are more interesting than eating at that moment. Wanting to look at the tv, having visitors over or the puppy jumping around can also be reasons for distraction.

—>Teething. Having new teeth pop in can cause some temporary discomfort and unpleasurable experience for some babies.

—>Ear Infections. If their ear is bothering them, then they may not want to eat. Laying on their side or down can also cause increase pressure and pain within in the making them not wanting to be in those positions thus, not wanting to eat.

—>Colds or Respiratory Struggles. If their nose is stuffy, then they may not be able to efficiently breathe through their nose. This can make it harder to breathe all around and forced to breathe through their mouth. Breathing through the mouth while concentrating on suck, swallow and breathing in synchrony can be a challenge.

—>Big Developmental Changes. If they have just mastered to learn how to sit up or crawl, the last thing on their mind is wanting to eat. They want to move!

—>Overstimulation. It can be very easy for babies to get overstimulated.  A lot of noise, such as guests staying in the home, traveling to new places, events, holidays, birthday parties and more can cause a reason for a baby not wanting to nurse. An overabundance of new sights, being passed around from family member to family member for family dinner, can also be other reasons for overstimulation.

—>Emotional Stress. Any new changes to the family dynamics? Mom or dad feeling stressed? Babies are very aware of their surroundings and can easily pick up the vibe of the room or their parents causing them to also feel emotionally stressed.

—>Tummy Aches. Is their belly full of gas? New spot of eczema potentially linked to a food in mother’s diet or their own that may not be sitting well can cause their sweet little tummies to not feel so great.

—>Mastitis. If the breastfeeding mother is starting to get mastitis, it can change the taste of her milk to taste extra salty. Some babies do not seem to mind while others will have a strong preference to not ingesting the extra salty flavor.

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Breastmilk and motherHood support: nursing strikes

Have a baby that is being fed breastmilk and experiencing a phase of nursing strikes? Join The Nursing Tribe of Parker County tomorrow in Aledo, Texas @eastparkercoffeeco to discuss this topic and more with International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, Dewlene Broyles, with #momsupport + Dr. Michelle Parker from 930-1030, Friday, September 13th. 

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Who has ever experienced a nursing strike before? What helped you and baby during that phase?

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Breastfeeding and teeTh

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Join us tomorrow at the clinic in #aledotx with Dewlene Broyles with Mom Support (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant #ibclc + RN) with the #nursingtribe of #parkercounty chatting about all the things you need to know about breastfeeding while your little one is teething. We are meeting at our new time of 930-1030 on Wednesday, August 21st. Free #motherhoodcommunity group and welcome to all breastfeeding, chestfeeding or bottle breast milk feeding mamas 💕. 

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Trip to del mar for breasTfeeding primitive reflex edUcation

When you have the opportunity to eat at a restaurant called #flowerchild in the shops of @shopflowerhill in #sandiego when you are there for a #primitivereflexintegration specific for breastfeeding, you eat there 2x! Can’t wait to roll out information that Hearher Martin with Beyond the Breast + International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Dr. Michelle Parker, Pediatric Diplomate Chiropractor + International Board Certified Lactation Consultant learned soon! 

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Who thinks by the sound of Flower Child, would be a place they would find something yummy to eat???

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