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    Default Refusal to Nurse and Refusal to take Bottle...What Do I DO!?!

    My three week old is refusing to nurse AND she refuses to take my expressed milk in a bottle I don't know what to do!!! I am so scared she is starving she will nurse a little bit and then start to cry so I try to burp her (sometimes she burps and sometimes she doesn't) then I switch her over to the other side and the same thing happens. I did this process for about an hour this morning she eventually vomited and then fell asleep. She is gassy, hiccoughing all the time, Has red around her anus, sometimes her poop is greenish, and she seems like she is rarely happy. I am thinking this is all related to either reflux or something in my diet...? But how do I get her to eat in the meantime??? I can't reach any sort of help over the telephone probably due to the holiday weekend, and I don't know what the heck to do!

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    Default Re: Refusal to Nurse and Refusal to take Bottle...What Do I DO!?!

    How long has this been going on?

    Green stools and excessive gassiness can be caused by a foremilk-hindmilk imbalance, which is often the result of oversupply or overactive letdown. Does anything in those links sound familiar?

    It could also be an allergy or intolerance, but its best to rule out other possible causes first.

    In the meantime, I think you are doing the exact right thing by offering frequently. You might try putting her back on the same breast rather than switching (if she'll let you) to make sure she is getting the fatty hindmilk. But if she is nursing frequently it won't matter too much if you keep switching because both breasts will eventually get drained. And keep an eye on the number of wet diapers. As long as she's giving you 5-6 wets per day she is getting enough milk.
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    Default Re: Refusal to Nurse and Refusal to take Bottle...What Do I DO!?!

    It could be an overactive letdown I guess, but this has only been this bad through the last two feedings. None of this explains why she won't take a bottle though, which is really frustrating.

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    Default Re: Refusal to Nurse and Refusal to take Bottle...What Do I DO!?!

    Maybe she has an ear infection and it hurts to eat?
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    Default Re: Refusal to Nurse and Refusal to take Bottle...What Do I DO!?!

    Do they have a temp with an ear infection because she doesn't have a temp..?

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    Default Re: Refusal to Nurse and Refusal to take Bottle...What Do I DO!?!

    I don't think its necessary for her to have a temp with an ear infection. I think you should take her to the doctor, a walk-in clinic or emerg to make sure her refusal of feeding is not due to illness and to check if she's dehydrated. Dehydration can be very dangerous for babies.

    You can feed with a cup or spoon or eyedropper. Make sure to make a point of getting fluids into her every hour.

    If she will suck on your finger, you can do finger feeding:

    http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=...tion&Itemid=17

    Video of finger feeding

    http://nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_...id=6&Itemid=13

    Have you tried a reclining position:

    http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/video/bn3clip.html
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    Default Re: Refusal to Nurse and Refusal to take Bottle...What Do I DO!?!

    Why not stop giving LO a bottle for now. It's generally best for breastfeeding to not even introduce bottles until babies have really learned how to breastfeed, which is around 6 weeks.
    http://www.lightlink.com/hilinda/Dia...lenipples.html with a nice quote:
    'But you'll probably find that your nursing relationship is happier, stronger, easier, and comes to a more satisfying end if you stick to the basics: mother, baby, breast, and time together.'
    Do try finger feeding to suck train. My DD needed that too. Are you counting nappies? If your nappy count is alright, LO is fine. If it's low, try looking in the index for some help
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby/index.html
    on babies who fuss at the breast, who pop off quickly, refuse to nurse, etc.

    Cup feeding is another method, where LO can feed with your expressed milk and then try, in a more calm and relaxed state, to latch on and breastfeed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWgUVyqwSzA
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