Re: Refusing to Nurse - 8 Days old
Congratulations on the new baby! I'm sorry he's giving you such a rough time.
I think at this point, you want to be watching your baby's diaper output really carefully- here's a handy resource: http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supp...s/enough-milk/. As long as diaper output remains normal, there's no need for bottles.
The tips in this link http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/back-to-breast/ are useful for dealing with a baby who is having trouble latching. In particular, the instant reward and skin-to-skin techniques are said to be helpful. You might also want to try keeping the lights in the house nice and dim and the atmosphere very calm, in order to keep your LO from getting overstimulated. Definitely try latching baby on before he gives you hunger cues- sometimes babies get really frantic when they're hungry and they get so busy freaking out that they forget to latch and suckle. If your baby gets frantic, try offering him a clean pinky finger to suck, with nail held down towards baby's tongue (if you hold it up, it can damage the delicate skin of the palate). A few seconds of sucking on a finger can remind baby that sucking, not screaming, is the answer to his problem. And sucking on a finger can calm baby enough to enable a repeat latch attempt.
Good luck, mama! If this continues, please seek in-person help from a lactation consultant. Nothing beats hands-on assistance!
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