Thursday, December 06, 2007

Hunger Strike

Well, Mae has now gone three full days without taking a drop of milk from the bottle offered to her at day care. I'm trying not to freak out.

She has taken expressed breast milk from a bottle for Ted on a few occasions, without much of a fuss, so we didn't think she'd need training. Now I wish we had given her more practice!

Tata says she's offering the bottle about every hour, and we have tried a number of different bottle and nipple combinations. This morning I even brought a burp cloth soaked with my breast milk, in hopes that the scent will stimulate Mae's hunger and desire to suck.

Now I also have calls in to the doctor and a lactation consultant (waiting for return calls) and am feeling my anxiety mount, even as I endeavor to stay calm.

Advice, anyone?

1 comment:

writermom said...

She won't starve herself, I promise. She will adjust to the new program, it just may take some time. One thing I might recommend is for Tata to feed her via syringe. She might be more willing to take that out of the corner of her mouth than a full-blown nipple. Lila responded to that when she rejected bottles.