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11 week old won't feed on the breast. Lock Rss

Hey all my 11 week old won't feed from my breast only when it's in a bottle. She seems to get all stressed out and starts to cry. She's latched on properly but only for about 30 seconds then starts to cry. Anyone else experienced this? Any help would be greatly appreciated (:
I had the same problem with my son. He would only latch on for a minute so I would have to express milk and give it to him in a bottle. Sometimes he would actually gag when I put him towards my breast. I tried professional help but gave up because of the stress and also the time it took to express and then feed him (was like double feeding). I eventually put him on formula at 12 weeks because I couldn't cope with it anymore.
Have you tried seeing a lactation consultant?

I have the similar problem and my consultant advice me to use the formula but i am a bit reluctant to use it. Then on my friend idea i started using pump and feed him via bottle.
Thank you all for your advice. I think a trip to a lactation consultant is needed. (:
I've come up with the same problem since my first girl. You can follow this:

Watch your baby for signs that she’s hungry (feeding cues).

Opening and closing her mouth, making sucking noises, opening her eyes, or turning her head towards you, are all signs. Picking up on these signs early means your baby won't need to cry for a feed. By the time your baby is upset, feeding is likely to be more difficult for both of you.

Give your baby lots of skin-to-skin contact between feeding, so she has the chance to initiate feeding for herself. Try breastfeeding without a top on or even while sitting in a warm, shallow bath.

Babywearing can help to keep your baby close to you between attempts at feeding. Your little one may prefer to feed when you rock or walk her rather than when you’re sitting or standing still.

Try different feeding positions, as your baby may find some positions more comfortable than others. Laid-back breastfeeding gives you and your baby lots of options. Your midwife, health visitor or breastfeeding specialist will be able to show you different feeding positions.

Encourage your milk to flow by putting warm flannels over your breasts before a feed. A drop of breastmilk on the end of your nipple may tempt your baby to feed. Expressing some milk before starting a feed may help your baby to keep up with the flow, if you have a lot of milk.

Offer your baby your breast with your nipple touching the tip of her nose. That way she will need to have a nice, wide open mouth to take in your breast.

Try offering your breast when your baby is asleep, or very sleepy. If she's refusing to feed when she's awake, she may do so when she's dozing.

From about nine months to 12 months, your baby may be much more interested in trying out new skills, such as moving herself or her toys. Try feeding her in a dimly lit, quiet room, away from background noise and other distractions. Or it may be that there's a change of pace to the feed rather than a full-on strike, as older babies can get a lot of milk in a short feed.

It's easy to jump to the conclusion that an older baby who doesn’t want to breastfeed is weaning herself. But if your baby is under a year old, and has been happily breastfeeding, it’s unlikely that she’s ready to give up yet.

Although it is possible for babies to wean themselves off the breast suddenly, most babies do so gradually over a period of weeks or months.

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Maybe your babe is theething!!! It happend to me that my doghter was hungry, clearly, but as soon as she tryed to feed she stop and touch her gums!!! Could this be your case too? Also consider that your milk changes the taste depending on what you eat and the period of brestfiding you are at. I hope this help somehow ????
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