I can't tell if this is a "ride it out" kind of nursing strike, or a true decrease due to what he is eating. I basically am wondering if actual nursings 2-3 times a day, with a few very short nursings in between, is enough for him or if I need to really work on getting him nursing more. When he has a full feed I can hear him swallowing, etc. I feel like his nursing has decreased sharply over the past two weeks.
He drinks water out of a cup. He used to completely refuse a bottle, now he will drink thawed frozen breastmilk out of a bottle OR cup, but not formula. I completely am not able to successfully pump all of a sudden.
He seems to have digestive issues with dairy based formula and has a marked intolerance to soy. (However cow yogurt hasn't been a huge problem for him, so the dairy formula thing might have been a coincidence.)
Is this a drop in milk supply, a nursing strike, or just a normal decrease? He eats lots of foods, all day long, including 5% fat (goat) yogurt and a good variety of veggies and fruits. We did mix up one batch of goat milk 'formula' and he really liked that and eagerly the small servings he was offered.
DH wants to make Dr Sears' goat milk formula to offer him in a cup and offer him the breast first and top up with the cup. I am thinking I might want to do some kind of nursing boot camp and get him drinking more breastmilk, not more goat milk.
We are seeing the ped either today or tomorrow and I will of course talk about this with her.
What do you say?