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    Default Refusing to breastfeed

    My baby is 6 weeks old and for about the last 3 weeks he has been giving me trouble with breastfeeding. It's just been getting worse and worse. It's to the point now where he just won't latch on for more than a few seconds. He comes off and starts rooting with my nipple in his mouth. My supply is dropping because I can't get him to nurse and I'm trying to pump but I also have a 3 year old and I'm really struggling to find time to do it. I've been giving him breastmilk in a bottle which I know isn't helping the situation but I don't know what else to do if he won't breastfeed. I'm at such a loss. I saw a lactation consultant but it was no help. I'm going to go back one more time but after that I don't know. I want to breastfeed and I feel like I'm doing everything I can but it's just not working.

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    Default Re: Refusing to breastfeed

    If a baby this age is not nursing, it is usually because they can not latch or nurse effectively. I am not sure what you mean when you say baby comes off but is rooting with the nipple in his mouth? Do you mean baby latching ok then is kind of falling out of the latch?

    If the LC you saw was really no help, I would suggest seeing someone else if that is at all possible. I would also strongly suggest contacting local LLL or calling the LLL helpline or any LLL leader- they do not have to be local. A LLL Leader should be able to talk you through what is going on when baby nurses and offer suggestions based on your verbal descriptions of what is going on. it is harder to do that online. (But we can try.)

    How much have you experimented with different latch techniques and nursing positions?

    Latch issues are so common and they are almost always solvable. You and your baby deserve good in person help, I do suggest follow all possibilities of getting that. What to expect at a Lactation consult: http://cwgenna.com/lconsult.html

    Here are some latch and positioning links I like: http://feedthebabyllc.com/latch-and-positioning/
    http://www.naturalbreastfeeding.com/
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/faq/positioning.html

    This article offers ideas for a baby who can nurse but needs encouragement to nurse. http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/nb-...ack-to-breast/

    To minimize the impact of bottles, use paced bottle feeding and keep bottle meals frequent and small amounts, like nursing would be. You can also consider an alternative to bottles.
    Last edited by @llli*maddieb; December 7th, 2016 at 10:11 PM.

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