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    Default 4 week old refusing the boob

    My 4 week old all of a sudden is refusing both boobs. I have also been pumping and needed to heat up a bottle for her today which she took. She also gets one bottle of formula a day due to jaundice when she was born. Ay clue on why this is happening? Any advice on what to do. As a first time I am upset and frustrated by this.

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    Default Re: 4 week old refusing the boob

    Could she have nipple confusion? Babies have to work to get milk at the breast, whereas they don't have to work at all to get milk from a bottle. What would happen if you just waited it out a bit and didn't offer a bottle? If she's absolutely refusing the breast and you're worried she needs some milk, you could give it to her in a dropper or cup, rather than from a bottle.

    Another thing to look out for would be an ear infection or cold - sometimes babies won't nurse when they are congested or their ears hurt.


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    Default Re: 4 week old refusing the boob

    with the PP. Babies find it very easy to eat from a bottle as compared to a breast, and this often leads them to begin to fuss at or reject the breast because they prefer the easy rewards of bottle-feeding. I would definitely take the PP's suggestion and try to soldier through the fussiness. If your baby is hungry enough, she will probably eventually decide that the breast isn't such a bad alternative, after all. If you can get her back to the breast- and this link may help: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...o-breast.html- I suggest putting the bottles on the shelf for a while. Make sure your baby masters breastfeeding before trying to get her to eat from a bottle.

    Is her jaundice gone? At 4 weeks, it should be either gone or very minor. So at this point, there should be no reason to use formula.
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    I agree with mommal. If the jaundice is gone BM should be fine. My first son had jaundice pretty bad and had formula in the beginning but then after two weeks I stopped the formula all together and only gave breast milk to him and he was fine. Interesting...
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    IMO if more than four hours has passed between feedings and baby refuses the breast do not tough it out. especially if your LO is lethargic due to the jaundice. You can cup feed expressed milk by encouraging your LO to stick out his tongue and lap up the milk. or if you are committed to bottle feeding him, give him just enough of a feed to quite his hunger and then offer the breast. if you offer to nurse him before he is distracted by hunger he might be willing to nurse, so don't let more than two hours pass between feedings.
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    More agreeing here. Shelf the bottles and go completely for the breast. 4 weeks is still so young and things can easily be turned around. Both of mine were bottle fed initially - both for different reasons - and I was able to get both back to the breast with perseverance and this forum.
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    I wanted to add with my son and the formula once his jaundice cleared I gave him beeastmilk in a bottle because he was refusing the breast. I would NEVER wait it out for a baby and hope they take the breast! I would keep trying but if they wouldn't take it try giving some breast milk from a bottle to take the hunger away and then try again with the breast.
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    Shelf the bottle. Use a different way to feed the baby than a bottle! Continuing to use a bottle for a baby who prefers it is a sure-fire way to end up EPing, and that is not ideal, and it never ever gets easier to EP than to BF!

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