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    First time poster here, so hopefully I do this right.

    I have a 4mth old DS who was exclusively breastfed up til about a month ago, at that time I started to introduce a bottle as I have had to go back to work 2 days a week. He was happy to have one or two bottles a day and the rest from me, he was feeding every 2-3hrs during the day and usually twice overnight. Fast forward to 2 weeks ago (when i was gone for the whole day for work) and he has basically flat out refused to take anything from me during the day. He will still have boob overnight, but he never fully wakes for night feeds. During the day (or when he is fully awake) he will cuddle up to me but as soon as I offer the boob he will start whinging escalating to fully fledged screaming if I persist. I have tried laying down to feed, skin to skin while trying to feed... I am worried my supply is starting to drop as I am not expressing as much as I used to be able to. Is this just a phase or has my little boobie man gone??

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    Didn't want to read and run but I'm afraid I dont have a lot of advice other than to say there is definitely still hope and it's a very real possibility that's its a stage or a period of adjustment for him. Hang in there, try gaining the ABA a call or chat to your local maternity and child health nurse. Do you feel he is getting sufficient milk?

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    He still settles easily and is very happy and quite content, wet nappies etc, so I think he is still getting enough (I had a bit of ebm supply built up but it is dwindling as I'm not expressing as much). I think I will give the ABA a call and see if they have any suggestions. I'm not ready to give up just yet!

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    Call a lactation consultant. Same thing happened with my daughter when I returned to work and I was so upset as I wanted her to keep until 12 months.

    Get help now cause it really is very sad when they stop. It broke my heart.

    I am purposely taking longer off work this time so I can keep nursing.

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    Mine went through a stage where she just flat out refused to feed, can't remember what age but I just expressed as much as I could until it passed. It's very upsetting you feel rejected.

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    Thank you It really does feel like he is rejecting me, screaming blue murder but then happily having a bottle of expressed milk. I will definitely call the ABA tomorrow and hope that it is just a stage.

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    It's termed a nursing strike. Usually it's to do with flow preference. The ABA can offer support and their phone line has some amazing women volunteering on it, and a different one every time, so call repeatedly if you need ongoing support. They also offer email counselling.

    I would try a bottle that requires a lot of effort. Make sure you feed with a bottle like you do from the breast, all cuddled up and in same position. Have you tried bathing with him?

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    Default Is there any hope?

    Medela makes a bottle that is supposed to simulate breastfeeding

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kriselby View Post
    Medela makes a bottle that is supposed to simulate breastfeeding
    the medela calma

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    Thank you all for your awesome suggestions! I will give them a try.

    Luv2luv, you are amazing pumping for 6 months! Go mumma!


 

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