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    Default Refusing to nurse because of oversupply.

    My 11 month old is starting to refuse to eat more and more due to oversupply/letdown issues. He is hungry, but when I put him to latch on he get's hysterical. What can I do?

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    Default Re: Refusing to nurse because of oversupply.

    how frustrating, just when it's supposed to be getting so much easier!

    but what, specifically, has changed? is your oversupply worse now than it used to be? is he less patient with it? how were you handling the oversupply before, or is it suddenly new (which would be kind of weird, unless you're doing something to stimulate a lot of milk production like pumping a ton)? is he just distracted?

    How much is he nursing? how much solids?
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    Default Re: Refusing to nurse because of oversupply.

    Wait, he's 11 months? In your other post you said 11 weeks. I assume there's a typo in one of your posts...

    With an 11 week old baby, positioning and timing is often key to dealing with breast refusal. Adopt reclined nursing positions so that gravity will slow the milk flow, and offer to nurse before baby is really hungry (hungry babies often do not have the patience to latch on).

    What are you doing about the oversupply issue, mama?
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    Default Re: Refusing to nurse because of oversupply.

    I always had to let the initial let down flow into a burp cloth. Otherwise my LOs would also become inconsolable
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    Default Re: Refusing to nurse because of oversupply.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    With an 11 week old baby, positioning and timing is often key to dealing with breast refusal. Adopt reclined nursing positions so that gravity will slow the milk flow
    OALD almost ruined my nursing relationship, and this is the only thing that worked for me. I would lean back on a couple pillows, put my baby on my chest and let him latch. It saved us!

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    Default Re: Refusing to nurse because of oversupply.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    Wait, he's 11 months? In your other post you said 11 weeks. I assume there's a typo in one of your posts...

    With an 11 week old baby, positioning and timing is often key to dealing with breast refusal. Adopt reclined nursing positions so that gravity will slow the milk flow, and offer to nurse before baby is really hungry (hungry babies often do not have the patience to latch on).

    What are you doing about the oversupply issue, mama?
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