If your baby was nursing well and suddenly begins to refuse the breast, he is most likely on a nursing strike. It can be extremely frustrating, exhausting, and even a little frightening when your baby won't feed. This is especially true when you know he's hungry. But many babies go through this at one point or another. So, why do babies go on nursing strikes?
According to Baby Center, a nursing strike is an infant's way of telling their parents that something is wrong. Unfortunately, the problem is not always clear. Until you figure it out, you should try to keep the rest of your baby's routine as normal as possible. Make sure your little one gets plenty of attention and physical contact, and definitely don't stop offering the breast. The good news is that most nursing strikes are over within two to four days, according to La Leche League International (LLLI), and your baby will go back to breastfeeding. During this time, Baby Center recommended keeping track of wet diapers, as your baby should be wetting at least five to six disposable diapers per day. If he's not, it's time to contact the doctor.
Here are some reasons why your baby may be on a nursing strike.