My baby refused to latch on after 2 1/2 months of successful nursing.

Today my 2 1/2 month old baby did not want to latch on after successfully nursing 5 times throughout the day.

She arched her back and screamed. I tried different positions, each breast and the same results.

After much frustration for both of us, my husband gave her a bottle of breast milk which she took without a complaint. I am very upset because I don't want to give in to a bottle every time she exhibits this behavior. I have used breast shields this entire time without any problems.

Please help. Emily

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Aug 01, 2012
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Baby refuses to latch
by: Zelda Behr

Giving your baby a bottle can make things worse, as the time away from your baby will cause your breast milk supply to decrease.

There are a few things that can cause your problem.

Firstly it can be nipple confusion caused by the nipple shields I'm, not sure if you are trying to wean him off the shields or if you are still using them.

Read more on nipple confusion here...
http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/nipple-confusion.html

You could also have a forceful letdown that causes the milk to flow too fast, causing baby to choke.

You can pump a little bit before each feed to make it easier for baby to latch.

Read more on forceful letdown here...
http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/let-down-reflex.html

You can also try skin to skin contact, and/or a feeding necklace to keep babies attention while feeding and a calm quite environmental will help.

You can get some extra info here as well...
http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/nursing-strike.html

Good luck and hope this helps.


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baby refuses to take my breast

by jagruthi
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I have been breastfeeding my baby for past one month. before two months baby was born. but my baby refuses to take my breast. what shall i do, give some tips for me to breast feed my baby properly.

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Jul 23, 2012
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breastfeeding tips
by: Tracy

Hi, here are some pages with tips for you...


First time breastfeeding...


http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/first-time-breastfeeding.html


Breast refusal...


http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/nursing-strike.html


Breastfeeding guide...


http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/how-to-breastfeed.html


Breastfeeding tips...


http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/tips-on-breastfeeding.html


Hope this helps


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baby refusing the breast

Due to major health problems my son was bottle fed in NICU and I have continued to pump and bottle feed my EBM for every feed.

Now almost three weeks since birth I've been given the go ahead to breastfeed but my little guy absolutely refuses to breastfeed.

I'm so emotionally distraught and this site has given me some hope. I have breastfed three other babies without any issue this time has just been heart breaking but I will keep trying for as long as I can

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Feb 17, 2012
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some advice
by: Tracy

Hi Bigmamma41

That's so great that you are still going it, against all odds. ;-)

You should think of using breast compressions while trying to breastfeed, it will keep baby on the breast longer. Read more here
http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/breast-compression.html


How to cope with nipple confusion

- Breastfeed baby when baby is calm.

- Pump your milk a few minutes before feeding baby so that your milk ejection reflex is stimulated, this is so that baby doesn’t have to wait for the milk to start flowing...this will usually just frustrate, because baby is accustomed to a fast flowing artificial nipple.

- Keep baby close to you with skin to skin contact while trying to breastfeed.

Also you can start feeding baby with a SNS...

 http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/supplemental-nursing-system.html


 



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Well Done
by: Michelle

I can understand how distraught you are. I planned to breastfeed and was devastated when I hardly made any milk and had to supplement with formula. I was heartbroken. So I can understand that you would like to breastfeed but at least you are doing well to keep pumping and know that he is getting the very best.

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