My baby won't breastfeed anymore.

Dalia - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My baby used to breastfeed and formula feed but now he's weaning by himself. Whenever i try to give him my breast he turns his face away and won't take itand starts crying a lot. Sometimes i force him to and he does and sometimes he doesn't. Does anyone know why babies stop wanting to breastfeed, and how can i solve the problemother than forcing him. This is devastating me a lot. I feel like i'm not doing my whole duties as a mom. Thank you.

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Kelley - posted on 01/24/2010

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I know how you feel. My daughter (9 months) is doing the same thing right now. And it's not the first time. I've noticed that she shows less interest in breastfeeding whenever she learns a new skill (rolling, grabbing, crawling, pulling up, etc). It's almost as if she's too excited to eat & would rather practice her new skills. So, the easiest to breastfeed tends to be when she still a bit groggy (just waking up or ready for a nap). Also, I've noticed that she's nursing for longer periods when she does decide to nurse so she doesn't need to nurse as often.

Lori - posted on 08/19/2013

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Anum - if you want baby back to the breast, you're probably going to have to stop offering the bottle for a while. Spend time skin to skin. This will help encourage baby to want to latch on to nurse. Offer to nurse before he gets very hungry. Bottles are easier to get milk out of than a breast is so baby can easily become lazy and prefer the bottle. And when hungry, they can get frustrated that they aren't getting milk as quickly. If you do need to offer the bottle to get your LO to stop crying, then try to just feed a small amount from the bottle, and then have baby nurse for the rest.

Kelley - posted on 01/26/2010

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Oh something else...Are you on the pill? My milk supply went way down when I went back on it (micronor/the mini pill) and my daughter would get so upset whenever I tried to nurse her. My LC had me to go off the pill and pump after at least 2-3 feedings a day until I noticed that my supply was back up. It was about 10- 14 days before my daughter started feeding well again. I also took motilium (a medication that brings up milk supply) for about a month just to be certain.

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Ashley - posted on 07/06/2014

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my baby one month and a couple of days, today started wanting the bottle better then my breast and milk was overflowing from my breast and she wouldn't take it. only the bottle. almost made me cry. its hard to have a bottle for her everytime with my milk of course, so I don't know what to do.

Kristine - posted on 05/02/2014

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Hello, My daughter is eight weeks old and she has become confused between the nipple and bottle. I have worked two days trying to make her realize that she wants the breast instead of the bottle, she will latch on for a little and get frustrated and start screaming. . I got the idea to fill a mucus cleaner, a new one, sanitized, of course. I pumped some milk and squeezed it into the mucus cleaner and right when she latches onto my breast I squirted some onto the top of her lip until she would keep working for the first let down. This has now worked and I would encourage anybody to at least try this, unless it does not work for you.

Kristine - posted on 05/02/2014

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Hello, My daughter is eight weeks old and she has become confused between the nipple and bottle. I have worked two days trying to make her realize that she wants the breast instead of the bottle, she will latch on for a little and get frustrated and start screaming. .
I got the idea to fill a mucus cleaner, a new one, sanitized, of course. I pumped some milk and squeezed it into the mucus cleaner and right when she latches onto my breast I squirted some onto the top of her lip until she would keep working for the first let down.

This has now worked and I would encourage anybody to at least try this, unless it does not work for you.

Anum - posted on 08/18/2013

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My lo is doing the same I m as confused as u are...I m feeling the same he Is also 3 months old...previously everything was fine but past few days he has started preffering bottle over BM...I had to give him 3 bottles today because he was not accepting my breasts and was too fussy..he cried a lot with tears when I forced him and so finally I gave in and offered the bottle which he took happily.....:(

Anila - posted on 01/27/2010

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usually moms think like that hen a child stops breastfeeding ..but it is normal . I have 3 kids and i fed them for 8 months as soon i started formula milk ..they all stopped taking m ybreast.. but u continue if u feel she/he is ok with ur breast.

Good Luck!

Kristy - posted on 01/27/2010

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I had this same problem, i couldnt seem to increase my milk supply and my baby(and me) was suffering from not getting enough breastmilk, so i started supplementing with top up feeds of formula and eventually he would only breastfeed through the night and finally by 5 1/2 months he totally refused the breast altogether! I was very dissapointed as i really enjoyed breastfeeding! its hard to take away the bottle once started, but i heard of someone on a different site went on a breastfeeding bootcamp where she totally refused to give her bub any more formula and by a week of fights and screaming fits, bub finally gave in and happily settled for breast! I was tempted to try this, but i have 3 older children so it wasnt practical! goodluck

Becky - posted on 01/26/2010

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How long has he been doing this for? Sometimes babies go on breastfeeding strikes, where they just don't want to nurse for a few days for whatever reason. If it's just been a few days, he could just be "on strike." www.kellymom.com has some tips for dealing with those.

Kristina - posted on 01/26/2010

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One thing to try is giving less formula you LO is still so small that if they only get BM they will eventually get the hang of it again. Like the other mom said try giving your BM in a bottle so that your supply doesnt go down dont get discouraged and your supply may be low. try things like oatmeal twice a day and mothers milk tea. If these dont work use fenugreek three times a day and within a few days with pumping too. your supply will go back up and you will have enough to pump and feed if they wont nurse.

Dalia - posted on 01/24/2010

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My baby is turning 4 months on the 29th of this month. Well he does take the breast when he has just woke up or when he's going to sleep but also at these times sometimes he doesn't want it. Thanks a lot you guys, I'll keep trying.

Rebecca - posted on 01/24/2010

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There is a good chance that your baby realized he gets instant gratification from a bottle, and has to work harder at the breast. My LC warned me about this happening and said that many babies who bottle feed often will do it. You might be able to try giving him the breast at night as a type of comfort feeding while you both lay down and again in the morning while he's still cuddly and groggy. If this still doesn't work, I'd try pumping and giving him breast milk out of a bottle too, that way your supply doesn't diminish. Hope this helps!!

Emily - posted on 01/24/2010

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How old is your baby? Babies rarely self-wean before 18 months. You mentioned you give formula too.. my guess is the baby has developed a preference for the bottle since it is easier to get milk out of a bottle. If you are determined to keep nursing, cut out the formula bottles. Babies won't starve themselves. If nursing is the only option, he will do it. Don't *force* him, but offer the breast often. I agree with the previous poster that sometimes it's easier to nurse during sleepy, quiet times.

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