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Thread: 5 week old refusing to latch on....help!

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    Default 5 week old refusing to latch on....help!

    My 5 week old is refusing to nurse from my breast. However, I have been able to get her to nurse from a bottle of pumped breast milk. Just a background, she has acid reflux and colic. She started her nursing strike during her coliky hours, but has now started to strike nursing from the breast during the day and through the night. I really don't want to give her the bottle and would like to only nurse from the breast. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, as I am at my wits end on what to do to resolve this. Thanks!!!

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    Default Re: 5 week old refusing to latch on....h

    Check out this link: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html. The skin-to-skin and instant reward techniques are supposed to be especially helpful. If you can get your baby back to the breast, I would ban the bottles (and pacifiers, if you are using them) for several more weeks. It sounds like your baby has decided she likes them way too much, and you want her to be a really proficient and happy breastfeeder before you let her have any more artificial nipples.
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    Default Re: 5 week old refusing to latch on....h

    Agree with mommal. Also, just a thought- baby did nurse fine but now is suddenly refusing? Any chance you have forceful letdown? http://kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html

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    Default Re: 5 week old refusing to latch on....h

    She has latched on very well since the very beginning. I do think I have forceful letdown. Thanks for the info. ladies. I will check this info. out.

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    Default Re: 5 week old refusing to latch on....h

    Nursing 'uphill' is the quickest 'fix' for ffld. That and letting the initial flow go into a towel. These may help baby be able to handle the flow and then you can work on oversupply if you suspect that as well. Look here for ideas on uphill nursing positions http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/ and http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...astfeeding.pdf

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