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I read that article too, Sue. I'm not sure why they printed it. Nursing strikes usually just last a day or 2, certainly less than a week. 3 week is very unusual. I bet that article will scare a lot of new moms.
One of mine had a strike for 1/2 day. She was 9 mos, she had bit me and I had yelled, and coincidentally, I had also let her try some cow's milk in a cup (don't now rec this for 9 mo's of course).
So she refused to nurse for the rest of the day, but in the middle of the night, she nursed and everything was back to normal.
If it goes more than 1/2 a day, pump as often as you would nurse to keep up supply. Offer that milk by cup or dropper, and keep trying to nurse, but don't force. Many moms are helped by walking around and offering while moving. Or what we did, offer when they are half asleep. Take a bath and offer in the tub.
This probably won't happen to you, so don't lose any sleep over it!