By popular demand (and by popular, I mean that Stephanie asked) I am giving you an update on the vgvvvv …thanks Isabel… on the scintillating chapter of my life known as Operation Nursing Strike.
Long and boring story short, she is still striking. There have been numerous very small improvements, but these are ultimately overshadowed by the depressing reality of pumping 3-4 times a day. She has taken more sleepy feeds, and now if she is in the right mood between sleep cycles (so still asleep but not deep sleep) she will actively root for the nipple and try to latch rather than having to be bribed with dripped milk. She has woken up a few times whilst having a ‘dream feed’ and has not freaked. She will now also tolerate being held in the nursing position for longer periods too.
The problem is, as it stands, she has multiple teeth on the way out. We’ve had several very upset night wakings and no amount of doping up with drugs (paracetamol obviously) makes a difference so I can only assume her mouth hurts and this is what is keeping her away (either that or she really does hate me).
A very kind friend has sent me a double pump (arrived this morning) which will reduce the time it takes for me to pump and give me back some semblance of freedom as I wait in hope for the day she latches successfully AWAKE again…