Nipple Preference / Low Milk Supply / Supplemental Nursing System / Hunger Strike
My three months old baby is undergoing nipple confusion.
I have been giving her mixed feeding (breast feed + bottle feedings) since birth. She developed nipple confusion at the age of 2 months one week, but unlike other cases, she prefers breast over bottle.
The thing is, I have a low milk supply, and my baby is underfed now, and she is not gaining weight either. We are having a very very hard time now.
Do you think the supplemental nursing system could erase the confusion? Sometimes my baby also goes on for a hunger strike as well. Please help.
Refused my breasts due to nipple confusion
My son is 15 weeks now and on a combination feed.
Like most mothers here I always wanted to exclusively breastfeed my son. I just assumed it would be the most natural process and never imagined otherwise.
I had no milk for the first three days, and my son was just continually crying. I persisted in having him latching on in spite of terribly sore nipples.
At one point my son was taking in blood from my nipples, that's when my Doctor advised me to give him some formula as a temporary solution until I started producing some milk. I did just that, and my baby was happy.
I started to work on getting my supply going by pumping and finally I managed some milk but still not enough to satisfy him completely. So I would keep supplementing him with formula.
All was going well until the 12th week when my son started to completely refuse my breasts due to nipple confusion. I was making a good amount of milk, but he got so used to the easy flow of the bottle that he wouldn't breastfeed. I had to stop giving him the bottle completely, and he started losing weight.
I was a nervous wreck. That's when I discovered SNS, and it has been genuinely working wonders for me so far.
Like most women here I too really feel we need to be made more aware of the complications of breastfeeding and that it may not always work.
Formula should not be considered a taboo as convenience may not be the only reason to choose it. Also, websites along with encouraging to breastfeed, giving various methods to increase supply, should have a P.S. at the bottom saying that its okay if none of the above work for you n you may need to resort to using formula.
To all mothers out there, please remember that the priority is a Happy and Healthy Baby :-)