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

Good luck and hope this helps.


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Successfully Ended Strike

My 9 mo bit me one day and I yelped and said "No!". He started crying, really crying. He did not nurse for 5 days after that.

He wanted me near him and wanted me to hold him - but refused to nurse. He would cry, turn away, and push away from the breast. I was pumping during this time but he preferred water or formula out of a sippy - not my milk. Needless to say I was so sad and cried every day. I wasn't ready for him to be weaned - he is my last baby (3rd). I had to stop nursing my 1st at 9 mos and my 2nd didn't make it past 4 months - so this was new territory for me.

I read suggestions here and elsewhere and decided to take it really slow. A lot of skin to skin and I offered the breast but didn't push it. I noticed that every day he got more and relaxed and yesterday actually started to drool! So today he sat in my lap - patted the breast and leaned in to nurse. We BOTH were really happy after that and he has nursed all day. SO - just take it slow and they will come back to you!!

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Aug 29, 2014
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Thank you!
by: Naomi

You have no idea how much hope your post has given me! My 9 month old son is on strike day 5, and it's completely got me heart sick!

He has a virus that is causing sores in his mouth, and I've been terrified that he won't return to breast feeding when it's all cleared up. Your post has encouraged me so much, thank you!!

Aug 31, 2014
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for Naomi
by: Anonymous

He is now 4 years old... he nursed until he was almost 2! :) I decided to call it quits before his second bday :)

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baby refuses to take my breast

by jagruthi
(banglore)

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...


//www.breastfeeding-problems.com/first-time-breastfeeding.html%20


Breast refusal...


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


Breastfeeding guide...


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


Breastfeeding tips...


//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
//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...

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


 



Hope this helps

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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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baby refuses the breast

by Rosa
(Fresno)

I been using the comotomo and my baby refuses the breast.. What can I do. She will be two months real soon.

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Baby very crying

by Kiran
(India )

My baby is crying a lot.... After having milk he just passes a stool .... What to do

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baby crying
by: Anonymous

Hi Kiran

There could be many reasons why your baby is crying. A lot of times, it's just developmental.

It is common for breastfed infants, to have stools immediately after breastfeeding, this is because breast milk is like a natural laxative.


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breastfeeding from one breast for over a year

My 2yr old is still breastfeeding on the breast he's prefered since he was 8mths. However,recently the breast not being used,pumped or anything has been a bit painful. When squeezed a yellowish/oily liquid could be seen. Why is this happening? Could it be because I never pumped it out?

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Nov 23, 2013
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Milk
by: Lyssa

Hello!

That sticky, thick, yellow liquid you are seeing is colostrum. It is the "premilk" that the breast makes when not making breastmilk. It is what your baby eats in the first few days of like until your milk "comes in". It is full of antibodies and concentrated calories. It is not harmful to your baby at this age, nor a sign of anything bad. It just means that breast has probably "dried up". Many moms feed their babies from just one breast, and at this age, that is especially okay. Don't worry mama, it is completely natural!

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Hi, my 1year old baby girl.
by: Shukriyyah

My one year old baby girl do not eat any other food except breast milk and I am breastfeeding her from only the left breast cos am not always confortable with the left and have abandon it. Can I still go back to it or just continue with that one. Thank U

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Right side only

My daughter has been breastfeeding from my right breast only for almost a year, I want to start feeding her from my left, am I still able to produce milk from my left side breast?

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lopsided breastfeeding
by: Tracy

Hi

In theory, yes. You can start to produce milk from that breast again, if you stimulate it enough. By pumping and breastfeeding as much as possible. Breast compression while feeding wil help to drain more milk from the breast. You will start to produce colostrum first and then the mature milk will kick in soon after that. The more milk you remove from that breast, the more milk it will produce.

I'm curious, why did you stop feeding from that side?

I breastfed my little girl for about a year and a half on one breast. I decided to do this because the other breast was not producing much milk. Its a lopsided story. ;-)

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Biting me while breastfeeding

by Sammie

Hey mamas I need some help. My 7 month old lg just got her first 2 teeth a couple of weeks ago. She is biting me multiple times at every feed almost always drawing blood. I've been searching all over the internet looking for the answer that will help me show her that it's not on.

I've tried saying 'no biting' in stern voice (she thinks it's funny) I've tried putting her on the floor and waiting a few minutes (she bites again as soon as she's back on) I've tried completely ending the feed and waiting to make sure she is REALLY hungry (she goes crazy trying to get at my boob as soon as she sees it, sucks for a minute tops then bites again)

I'm in pain and dread feeding her. Tonight I couldn't bring myself to do it so DH gave her a bottle of ebm while I expressed
Can anybody offer any other advice? I really don't want to give up! Thanks

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Biting-ouch!
by: Lyssa

Yokes! Biting babies are tough. It is frustrating when you are trying to use gentle, non violent parenting to deal with violent behavior. It realy tests us as parents.

When my son started biting, I really had to watch him at every feeding for several days. It was very tense. To bite, baby has to draw his tongue back and shift his jaw...and you can cisably see the shift. My best advice would be to watc carefully and pull her away before she bites with a firm "no, do not bite mommy", and putting her down and ending the feeding. Consistancy is key. Try not to laugh, smile, or get too frustrated. I know that can be a lot easier said than done, though.

Putting some breastmilk o your nipples and leting it air dry should help them heal.

It gets better, mama. Keep up the amazing work!!

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