Hello Breastfeeding moms
Recently we visited my daughter’s Pediatrician and I saw a lady with a small baby and she was sobbing. When I asked her what happened, she said her baby was refusing to nurse and even refusing the bottle. The baby was around 3-4 months. Since she was alone and had a big bag to carry I accompanied her to the doctor’s room.
My doctor’s conclusion was that the baby starts seeing things clearly around this time and is very distracted. So they just refuse to feed, you need to put the baby to sleep and when he is almost dosing off, you need to introduce the breast or the bottle. I saw my doctor swaddle the baby and do the “Mmmh Mmmmh ” sound and slowly rocked the baby. When the baby was almost about to sleep she introduced the bottle and the baby finished the whole bottle in no time. You can use the same technique for breastfeeding.
Another suggestion was to apply some glycerine to the lips as dried lips too will make the baby refuse milk. So this was just one case. Lets see what are the other reasons babies refuses to nurse.
- Ear infection or blocked nose.
- Teething as there can hurt.
- Change in the milk taste due to medication or pregnancy.
- Sudden reduce in milk supply.
- Change is climate or schedule.
- Strong odors from the mother or surroundings.
What should I do??
- Feed the baby as mentioned above.
- Try a different position like lying down or nurse while walking.
- See all the points and check if you can make changes to the environment
- Get your baby tested to rule out infections or stuffy nose.
- Always be with your baby and give them extra love during this time
- Contact a certified lactation consultant.