3 month old baby has stop breastfeeding, know i'm pumping to keep up, has this happened to anyone?

Melody - posted on 09/06/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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HI, my 3 month old baby girl has stopped breastfeeding and is only drinking from a bottle, has this happened to anyone els?

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Tara - posted on 09/06/2009

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Yes! It's called a nursing strike & I spoke with a lactation consultant when it happened to me (Ava was also around 3 months), she said to push through it & keep offering & eventually it worked. I would definitely consult La Leche League & get more info but please don't give up!

Melody - posted on 09/06/2009

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Thank you for all your advise I will try it tomorrow seeing as my little angel is asleep right now. I don't mind the pumping but i'm not ready to stop breastfeeding :)

Allison - posted on 09/06/2009

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My daughter wont do it once she had too many bottles @ daycare cuz the milk is easier to get out of the bottle i pumped until she was 1 & actually liked it better since knew for sure she was getting enough to eat

Jenni - posted on 09/06/2009

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Keep putting the baby to the breast as much as possible. You may also try putting a few dropps of milk in the side of her mouth with a medicine dropper while trying to latch so she can get that instant gratification she has gotten used to with the bottle. It is very difficult to keep up with baby's demand with pumping alone so it's important to get her back to the breast as soon as possible. Stick in there it's worth it in the end for you and your baby! I hope this is helpful to you.

Heidy - posted on 09/06/2009

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It hasn't happened to me (yet, I thought so last week but it was something else), but I do know that the most common reason is indeed confusion (like the other mom said). I've heard that it helps to to feed with as much bare skin as you can (the skincontact is usually why babies like to nurse) and for the same reason take a bath together with your child and breastfeed then. At the same time keep on offering to breastfeed first every time, only afterwards switch to the bottle..... Good luck!!!

Cynthia - posted on 09/06/2009

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I breast feed all my four, and only one did not want to breast feed for a day or so, so I only offered her my breast and nothing else no binky or bottle, she took it after a while a hungry baby will eat. If you introduce them to the bottle they get lazy to take the breast they have to work harder to suck from the breast than from the bottle. Good luck you can get all kinds of helpfull information on breast feeding at your local WIC office or at your pediatrics office for free. But dont give up..

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She might have what is called "nipple confusion" my youngest did this w a binkie. She would be hungery but prefer the nipple on the binkie but then still be hungry and she would get sooo angry. I just had to keep interducing nursing over & over it took time & patience. My oldest did the same w a bottle. She liked that she didnt have to work for her food w a bottle. She would get discuraged when my milk wouldnt let down as fast as she wanted it. I would sometimes switch back & fourth so she would stay happy long enough for my milk to let down. I hope this helps! Dont give up! Its the best thing for them & you, it will pay off! God Bless

Cassandra - posted on 09/06/2009

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That happened to my son! I had to end up putting him on formula to cause I couldnt keep up with the pumpings! I finally just stopped when he was 8 months!

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