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Thread: Baby not wanting to latch on after I had a cold

  1. #1
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    Unhappy Baby not wanting to latch on after I had a cold

    I am so frustrated!

    My baby used to breastfeed before I got this cold and now he doesn't want anymore. I had pumped but my supply got very low. I always had low milk supply but now is worst because he is not latching on.

    I am not sure how to get back into breastfeeding. I don't want him to have more formula than he needs to.

    I need help!!!

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    Default Re: Baby not wanting to latch on after I had a cold

    How old is your LO? Have you contacted a LC or a LLL leader? I don't have anything to offer , but to you. Hope someone else comes on to offer some help!

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    Default Re: Baby not wanting to latch on after I had a cold

    Not sure if this is of any help, but are you taking any OTC medications for your cold??? It has saidthat medications containing Psuedoephedrine can and reduce the milk supply and does pass through the milk. Try reading "The Nursing Mother's Companion" for safe cold remedies!

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    Default Re: Baby not wanting to latch on after I had a cold

    Hi, I dealt with cold twice and survived. And I think you can too. I think the reason LO dont latch is bcos of slow letdown.

    All you have to do is to continue nursing. Eg:

    1. Offer breasts first before offering bottle/formula - LO will whine and "complain", but try to coax him/her back to breasts
    2. Try nursing when baby is sleepy - let him/her comfort suck as long as she want

    Your supply will come back up again and slowly letdown will be back to normal. Dont worry. Can try fenugeek too?

    Good luck !

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    Default Re: Baby not wanting to latch on after I had a cold

    I've always have low supply but this time is worst. When I try to put him on the breast, he fuss and cries. At the beginning of nursing, I tried fenucreek but didn't work. Don't know if it work know.

    I've been pumping everyday at least three times and all I get is anywhere between 1 1/2 to 2 ounces. This is frustrating me so much because I don't want to start weaning yet.

    By the way, what is LO?

    Thank you for your support. I think I am going to call a lactation specialist.

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    Default Re: Baby not wanting to latch on after I had a cold

    Breast milk is a system of supply and demand. Baby suckles more so you will produce more milk to meet his growing needs. This is normal and does not mean you don't have enough milk. Do not supplement, as this can be detrimental to the delicate balance of the supply and demand system.


    Do not supplement with formula-this will make mom produce less milk!!
    Don’t use a pacifier -a study has documented that pacifier use is associated with a shorter duration of breastfeeding, while another study found that mothers who utilize pacifiers for their infants frequently exercise a higher degree of behavioral control while breastfeeding, often leading again to shorter duration of breastfeeding overall.



    Also, if he is comfort nursing there is nothing wrong with that, that is part of breastfeeding, bonding and comforting your child. Babies also require nearly constant human contact for proper development. A newborn baby has only three demands. They are warmth in the arms of its mother, food from her breasts, and the security in the knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three. - Dr. Grantly Dick-Read

    DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS
    Get plenty of rest
    Eating oatmeal daily works for some woman
    Fenugreek supplement 3 capsules 3 times per day

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