This scenario happens a lot with breastfeeding moms: your baby's been nursing fine for months when, suddenly, they decide they want nothing to do with your boobs. As frustrating as this may be, it's something many nursing mothers go through it. Your baby is essentially on a "nursing strike," which often looks very different for each baby. It's generally nothing to be worried about and can often be treated depending on what's going on with your baby. So, what are the signs your baby doesn't want to breastfeed? Turns out there are several, and all of them can mean something different.
"Typically babies do want to breastfeed, but they may go on nursing strikes or get frustrated if the milk supply is low, they're teething, or mom has a forceful let down," Leigh Anne O'Connor, an international board certified lactation consultant, tells Romper. And those are just a few of the possible underlying issues that may be present. Whatever the issue actually is, you can trust that your baby's cues will likely guide you to the source of the feeding problem. You can also take comfort knowing that most"nursing strikes" are temporary and can be resolved.
Even though these feeding problems can be fixed, it's still often a really distressing experience for both mom and baby, but you have to remember one thing — it's not your fault. You're not doing anything wrong. Besides just trying to breathe and have patience during this difficult time, paying close attention to your baby's behavior at the breast will be key. Here are five commons signs to look for that mean your baby isn't interested in breastfeeding, for one reason or another.