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#1 Woodland

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 07:09 PM

My 9 week old baby has suddenly started refusing to latch on to breastfeed. She is exclusively breastfed. We used to give her a bottle of EBM each night but stopped that about a week ago. As soon as I lay her down on me and get my boob out she starts screaming hysterically and won't latch on at all. The only thing that works is if I give her the dummy while lying down to calm her and then I pull it out and quickly put my boob in her mouth. Then she'll happily feed away. This has started a couple of days ago and I really have no idea why. She doesn't seem unwell at all. She might be a bit tired as she's a catnapper and never naps for longer than an hour at a time. She does 3-4 hours sleep between feeds at night.
Has anyone else ever experienced this? Did you ever figure out what caused it? Was it just a short phase? I'm hoping so as its really stressful and I feel so rejected.
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Posted 08 August 2013 - 09:28 PM

I saw this and couldn't not reply.
I didn't experience it, but I did have some problems and I called the ABA, they were wonderful. Maybe if no one else in here has any answers, the ABA would be able to help.

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 02:03 AM

Woodland I'm sorry I obviously have no advice but just wanted to say I really hope you get it sorted soon. I can imagine it must be incredibly hurtful to have her doing this all of a sudden. Hugs xx
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Posted 09 August 2013 - 09:07 AM

No experience sorry but I know from my extensive stalking of the ABA forums when feeding Cait that there's a whole subforum on breast refusal

http://lrc.asn.au/fo...e74773d27c557df

Perhaps there will be some helpful advice there? Hoping she gets over it very quickly for you xx

#5 bluenomi

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 12:13 PM

We went through a long breat refusal stage and it sucks. The ABA do have a booklet you can get on it which is useful.

I found she fed better when she was sleeply (she had been sleeping through at night but stopped because she wasn't getting enough milk during the day so caught up at night when she couldn't be bothered fighting me) so I'd try and feed her as soon as she woke up before she was completely awake.

If she refuses and gets worked up, stop and give her (and yourself) a break for 10-15 minutes and try again. Getting both of you stressed out won't help (though I know it's hard not to stress when your child isn't eating!) Try different positions and places to feed. I learned DD would happily feed out of the house so we had lots of trips to the shops so she could sticky beak at people while feeding. She also prefered to feed when I was standing so I'd feed her in a sling while walking around the house.

I was told to avoid bottles during this stage if you want to keep breast feeding because they will prefer the bottle since it's less work for them which makes it harder to convince them to take the breat. I was too lazy to bother with bottles so it wasn't an issue for me but it is something to keep in mind. Of course some mums decide to take it as cue to swap to bottle feeding which is fine as well.

She ended up being a bit of a snacker with short feeds every 2 hours during the day but this was better than her not drinking at all. It was tough for a month or so but she got over it and breast fed until 21 months. Not idea what caused it but it is pretty common. You can get through it with a bit of work smile.gif


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#6 Woodland

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Posted 10 August 2013 - 12:34 PM

Thanks so much for your advice. Thankfully it seems that it was a short phase & possibly caused by her being way overtired. Things are back on track. It was a horrible feeling so I'm very relieved.
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