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    Default Trouble at night

    Hi, my daughter is 4 months old and Breastfeeding as been a challenge from the beginning. First, she was a NICU baby, so the first thing that she got was a pumped breast milk bottle for about 6 days until she finally got to nurse from me.
    She seemed like she was going to be a really good nurser, but she always seemed like she never really sucked hard enough. I have gone back and forth between the bottle and the breast so much that I think I might be confusing her, and I just want to breastfeed her, but she seems to just want the bottle. She is going through the whole 4 month fussiness stage right now, so at night it is extremely hard to feed her, right before bed mostly. I can't even seem to feed her at all, almost like she is impatient for the let-down, and she gets so frustrated that she won't take it at all. AKA- Resorting to a bottle. I don't want to give her a bottle, even if it is breast milk, because I want her to nurse from me, and not a bottle at all. What do I do?

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    First time mommy of Robert Nicolas, now 9 whole months(), and loving it!

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    Default Re: Trouble at night

    First step is to contact a LC or your LLL leader. See what they have to say.

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    Default Re: Trouble at night

    lots of skin to skin contact helps coax some babies back to the breast.

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    Default Re: Trouble at night

    My LC told me to apply warm compress to my breat and massage them to help stimulate let-down. I always get in the shower and massage then feed. It works good for my LO.

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    Default Re: Trouble at night

    Around that age, DH would wear DS in the evening in a wrap when he was fussy. He wasn't much older than that when DH started putting him to sleep by rocking/reading, then he would hand me the sleeping baby to nurse. Something like that might at least work for that feeding.

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    Default Re: Trouble at night

    I agreed with PP lots of skin contact, get in touch with your LLL... what works for me when my lo doesnt want the breast is too stimulate let-down by walking with her topless and get her interested while I am leaking

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    Default Re: Trouble at night

    I was just about to post something similar when I read this. My 5 month DD does the same thing at night - she really screams until she gets a let down and then continues to pull and off crying until she tuckers herself out. Needless to say, nighttime is VERY stressful, so I can sympathize. My DH read my mind and offered to give her a bottle at night and I will pump. I really don't want to do this either, but nighttime at our house shouldn't be this upsetting for everyone involved!

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