breastfeeding problems after immunizations

by Keri H
(Idaho Falls)

My baby boy is 2 months old and just had his first round of shots. He has always been really good at nursing, no previous problems. Now, he won't take the breast at all. He screams every time my breast touches his lips, but he will take the bottle just fine. Is this temporary?

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Feb 03, 2012
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refuses to breastfeed
by: Tracy

Hi Keri

The area of the vaccine injection may be a bit sore, and this refusal to nurse could be a result of the way he is positioned at the breast. Is he lying on the sore area when you try to breastfeed? If so, you can just try a different breastfeeding position.

If your baby refuses to breastfeed completely, it's best to start pumping your breast milk so that your milk supply doesn't go down. Breast milk actually acts as a pain reliever, so it is the best thing to give him right now.

Aug 07, 2012
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breastfeeding
by: Anonymous

I have the exact same problem.It has been a whole week since my 2 month old daughter got immunized...and ever since then she screams when i try nursing her...she takes the medela breastflow bottle though....i dont think she could still be sore from a week ago...maybe she doesnt trust me anymore because she was in pain...??? I dont know either?

Dec 06, 2012
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2 month old not wanting to nurse after shots
by: Anonymous

I'm having the same problem. My daughter got her
Shots on Monday it is now Wednesday and she
Still wont take my breast but she will take formula
With no problem(grr) makes me feel like there
Is something wrong w me. Pls help :(

Apr 14, 2013
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refusing breast a week after vaccine
by: Anonymous

same here..did you figure out what the problem as , as this is driving me nuts..

Jul 29, 2014
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Same problem
by: Anonymous

My daughter has refused just the right side breast after her immunizations, which has been a week. She is a little tongue-tied but hasn't been a major problem since she has been breast-feeding normally ever since birth. I am taking her tomorrow to get it clipped just in-case if that is the problem.

It has been very frustrating but I have been persistant on not giving up, even went to a lactation consultant for advice. But to be honest, I felt that reading others advise on these forums were much more helpful. It helped me rule out any potential problems such as; ear infection, mastisis, low milk flow, or even different taste from one to the other (since she still drank the right side milk in a bottle). At first my breast was too engorged so I thought was the issue so I continued to pump to relieve the engorgement. After awhile the breast let down so much I didn't think it was supplying very much because I would pump for 5 to minutes straight and it only created an oz. I finally laid down with her when she was more content on my chest; skin to skin and she naturally began weaning down to the breast and began sucking. It was such a weird and uncomfortable position for me and I thought for her to but I did not want to move the slightest bit to interrupt the feeding.
I wouldn't have thought it was the immunizations and ruled out many other things but I believe it could very well have been just that.
So my advise is to be persistent and not give up. Good luck and I hope my experience helps!

Jan 18, 2015
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Usually cool baby not so cool
by: Anonymous

Our baby girl had her 2 month vaccinations yesterday, from this morning she has not wanted to breast feed. Pulls off and on and now just cries as soon as I put her into a cradle hold.

Lying down was not working either but after reading these posts and realizing her legs were probably quite sore (she also has a rash and temperature from the shots), I breastfeed with her in a completely upright position while standing up and she was good to go.

Oh how its easy to wish babies could talk, as I felt so bad for the poor little love, she was getting to the point of screaming....heart my heart.

Jul 10, 2016
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vaccines are not "immunizations"
by: Anonymous

Vaccines risks DO NOT far outweigh any supposed benefits. They damage the immune system and the brain. Please research Go to LearnTheRisk.org

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