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    Unhappy PLEASE help, he's refusing the breast

    My one-week-old son is refusing to nurse from the breast. I had very sore and bleeding nipples so I pumped for a few days and fed him breastmilk from the bottle as that was easier on my breasts. But now he doesn't want to eat from the breast and I'm very worried I ruined it by giving him the bottle too early. How can I get him back to the breast???

    Plus I'm all hormonal so I'm crying nonstop over this.

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    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: PLEASE help, he's refusing the breast

    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!

    When you have a baby on a nursing strike, you can't force him to nurse, so you want to gently lure him back to the breast. This link outlines the various techniques for doing so: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/. The skin-to-skin and instant reward techniques are supposed to be particularly helpful.

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    Join Date
    Sep 2008

    Default Re: PLEASE help, he's refusing the breast

    Hi, congratulations! Try to take deep breaths... I had some feeding issues with my son (now 4yo) and he eventually refused the breast, too. I was crying ALL THE TIME - it was like a movie, both of us sobbing on the couch, boobs hanging out. But the crying doesn't do either of you any good, so as much as you can, try to relax. When you're not upset come up with something (a song, counting to ten, etc) to do when you are feeling overwhelmed.

    As for the feeding issue itself, I would try to find a LC to help you with exploring your options. I've heard great things about (I forgot what it's called) the feeding tubes you put into their mouths while they're at the breast so they get a faster flow to coax them back. I never tried that with my son because it was way too intimidating for me and I couldn't afford a LC at that time. I wish I had tried and it's definitely something to look into!

    Good luck and remember that no matter what happens your baby will get the nutrients it needs and grow! And, food is only one of the things your baby needs from you! You are a good mama whether or not you are successful at breastfeeding.
    Mama to
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