not latching on?

Brooke - posted on 09/15/2011 ( 10 moms have responded )

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my 3 month old son has been breastfed from birth.. the other morning he woke up and refused to latch on! I was pumping and giving it to him in a bottle... but I couldn't pump enough to keep up with him so have had to give some formula.
has this happened to anyone else?

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Amy - posted on 09/17/2011

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When I had problems getting my daughter to latch there were two things that I did, first I'd give her a bottle to get her initial needs met then I would take away the bottle when she was dozing and offer the breast. The other thing I would do is offer dream feeds while my daughter was sleeping at night, babies have a natural need to suck and because she was asleep she would feed, this helped keep my supply up till we worked past it.

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Kate - posted on 09/18/2011

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My first born did the same thing at the same age and it was because he was hungry, I wasn't providing enough milk. I (and others!)made myself feel terrible and guilty about giving him formula ... don't do that! Just do what works for you and your family. I found that once I started topping him up with formula, my milk dried up a couple of months later and he was then on formula. The same thing happened with my 2 daughters. Some if us just don't have much milk!! Good luck xx

Brooke - posted on 09/16/2011

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Noah is my second child, my daughter Hailey 2 and a half was on formula from 6 weeks.. so i know i have done well. I had problems from the beginning

Michelle - posted on 09/16/2011

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Sometimes we have to do that. My first I only managed 5 weeks, my 2nd was 6 months and #3 weaned herself at 5.5 months. Don't feel bad about going onto formula, breastfeeding isn't easy, especially with your first.

Brooke - posted on 09/16/2011

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well as soon as he wakes I have put him straight on.. he just rubs his face against my breast but wont latch.. I have tried everything!! I was determined to make it 1 year at least but now have put him straight onto formula. happy baby. happy mummy.

Michelle - posted on 09/15/2011

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Maybe a nipple shield could help. If he takes to the bottle it might help.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/15/2011

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What exactly happens when you offer him the breast? Does he ignore it, try to latch on but can't get it right and fail or does he latch on, try to suck and let go?

There's a few things to try. Pump or manually express until letdown begins before you try, that way there is instant gratification. If he's not getting enough nipple in his mouth, try pressing down gently on his chin. Try to offer him the breast before you notice hungry signs. You may want to try a supplemental nurser to help keep him at the breast if you can get him there. Is he getting distracted by the outside world? Try nursing him in a quite low lit familiar room.

Unfortunatly, pumping doesn't remove as much milk as baby does, but every bit of breastmilk he gets is good. Don't be alarmed if his bowel movements change consistency and increase in number since you're using formula to supplement.

Good luck and great job making it this far.

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