Thursday, February 5, 2009

Aloha Friday

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Over at Kilani's blog she started the Aloha Friday, in honor of in Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So she thought that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting, too. I thought this is a great idea so therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

This past week I had a difficult time getting Lyla to nurse a.ka. breastfeed. She went on a "nursing strike" as they have it termed in the breast feeding world. It is an unexplained withdrawal from nursing. It is temporary and is not to be taken as weaning. However, it is a very frustrating event for both mom and baby. So this leads to my question,

"Would you preserve through the difficult time of a nursing strike and stick it out to get your child back to breastfeeding or would you take this as a time to wean and start bottle feeding?"

We have been breastfeeding for almost 9 months and we preserved through Lyla's strike and she is getting back to her normal routine. I will never tell you how upset I was when she stopped and how grateful I was when she returned.

Hope every has a great Aloha Friday!

17 comments:

pam said...

Honestly, I would not have been as determined as you. You are one amazing Mom.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Would persevere and wait her out, at least for awhile! Good luck.

Heather, aka Jake's Mommy said...

Well, I'd advise you to just stick it out. But, as for me, I'm a wimp. My son went through the same thing and I just gave it up. I was a total push-over about it. And, yeah, I was kind of emotionally offended when he went on his strike, too.

Momstart said...

depends on the age at nine months I would not give up. I was pregnant and nursed my first until she was 12 months. I had my baby two months later. But my second child was a lazy sucker so my milk never came back. I almost wish I wouldn't have stopped

sues2u2 said...

I would have persevered as well. I didn't even nurse my first one until he was a month old (I pumped) & it was the day before he came home from the NICU. I ended up nursing him until he was 17 1/2 months old.

My second one I got to nurse from the beginning & I nursed her until she was 15 1/2 months.

Good luck!

Sarah said...

I would keep nursing. It's nice to not have to do the whole bottle thing. The breast has got to be so much eaiser....neither of my older girls would even take a bottle so I'm not really sure.

Abby said...

I would stick through it if possible. It is so good for her and such a bonding experience. I am still nursing my almost 18 month old. At this point it is hard to break the habit!

Dee said...

Yeah..I wasn't as persistant as you are! I'm not sure how I'll be with this one. I want to go longer.

Kari said...

I, personally, would probably try to stick it out. I gave in too soon with my first (stopped at 4 months) and it has always been a regret. Nursing was such a wonderful experience with my other three children (I nursed them until they were about 18 months). But, it's just a decision each has to make for their own situation. Good luck to you!

Amy A.K.A. "The Mrs." said...

I would persevere through. Unfortunately, my body gave up on my son and not the other way around. For some reason, my supply just couldn't keep up. I had to wean him at 9 months. :(

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I saw you're a Michigander too...how cold can it get here? :)

Cathi said...

My children are grown but all weaned themselves at 10 or 11 months. I never thought of it as a "strike" but it was also over 25 years ago.

Jennifer said...

I would say, depends on the age, too. Good Luck with whatever you decide.

Happy Aloha Friday! =)

blueviolet said...

For me, it would probably depend on the age of my baby. I nursed until the point when they started getting so distracted by what was going on around them. It was easy to wean at that point for me. Both babies went straight from breastfeeding to the cup, which was great.

TheAngelForever said...

This is a tough decision that only you can really make with your child.

My oldest went on a nursing strike and we managed through it. Then he got so sick that he could not nurse and I lost my milk supply (pumping did not cut it thanks to the stress). My little guy is almost 21 months old and still nursing like a pro several times a day.

Remember that nursing strikes are common and do not feel bad if for some reason it does not work out. You are doing your best.

Sage and Savvy said...

I would persevere! It's worth it!

HeatherY said...

Just like anything with parenting, you have to do what is best for you and baby. I had a very difficult time nursing my daughter and gave up much earlier than I thought I would. However, when and if we have another child, I plan on toughing it out for a little longer.

Pickering Pops said...

Hi Kelly,
Well I am the last person to ask a question of like that, but perhaps the song by Bob Seger "The Answer's in the Question" may help.
I want to thank little Lyla for the beautiful birthday card and especially the picture.Her "handwriting" is strikingly similar to to yours Since we have not seen Lyla since Christmas her beautiful pearly white teeth are very prominent in her smile now.
The litle girl is growing up very quickly

Pickering Pops