My baby refused to latch on after 2 1/2 months of successful nursing.
Today my two & 1/2-month-old baby did not want to latch on after successfully nursing five 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
Successfully Ended Strike
My nine mo bit me one day, and I yelped and said "No!". He started crying, really crying. He did not nurse for five 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. 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 nine mos, and my 2nd didn't make it past four months - so this was new territory for me.
I read suggestions here and elsewhere and decided to take it 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 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 - take it slow, and they will come back to you!!
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