breast fed baby refusing breast

Emma - posted on 05/25/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My baby is 3 months old, I have gone back to work 1 night per week. on this 1 night my husband feeds my baby 1 bottle feed. I have now been experiencing my baby rejecting the breast when offered. Has anyone else experienced this? How will I get him back on track?

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Minnie - posted on 05/25/2010

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Some babies become used to the different flow from the bottle compared to the breast and they can become to prefer it. There are a few different things one can try to coax a baby back to the breast:



Offering your breast frequently, rather than waiting for baby to ask- this can prevent a frustrated baby who doesn't want to wait for a let down



Offer when baby is sleepy



Spend lots of time in skin to skin contact- you with your shirt open, baby in just a diaper



Carrying baby in a sling and nursing there



Massaging your breasts to stimulate a letdown before latching baby on



Expressing some milk on your nipple to entice baby



Paying attention to early cues of wanting to nurse rather than waiting for crying





Note that there are other ways of feeding your baby your milk that don't involve the issue of flow preference: droppers, periodontal syringes, a finger feeding system, or a medicine cup



If you do want to use bottles, try to find bottles with a wide teat base, and try to give the bottle to the baby similar to the process of breastfeeding: sit baby upright as possible in your lap, tickle the baby's nose with the teat nipple until he opens wide, press the base of the teat to his lower lip, and then roll the nipple into his mouth. Hold the bottle as horizontal as possible and use the smallest nipple hole in order to slow the flow. Burp after ten minutes. Try to make the feeding last about twenty minutes.

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Amy - posted on 05/26/2010

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My daughter gets 1 or 2 bottles a day, you ju just need to be persistent. Make sure whatever nipple you are using on the bottle is for newborns, that way it's the slowest flow possible and he will actually have to work for it. Also we use a wide nipple made by playtex, which is similar to a mothers breast! Be persistent and you'll get through it!

Nicki - posted on 05/26/2010

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When I went back to work my second baby was only given one bottle a day. I was able to breast feed for all other feeds as I was able to come home for lunch and feed. But that one bottle was enough for him to decide it was an easier option. The ideas that Lisa wrote sound like good ideas. I must admit I ended up expressing and feeding through the bottle then eventually just going to formula. My first son went off the breast at about 5 1/2 months because I became pregnant with my second child.

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