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    Default breast refusal and low supply

    To all breastfeeding mummas out there, I am need of some help fast!!! I developed mastitis and a nipple infection about 6 weeks ago and have struggled with my supply ever since. As a result of my low supply my little man (4 1/2 months) is struggling with weight and isn't wanting to feed at the breast. He is extremely fussy and screams and pushes at breast. I have been seeing a lactation consultant and have been using a supply line as well. My issue I think is that I have had to give him a few bottles to supplement and I feel that he is now refusing the breast (even with the supply line) because the bottle flows so much easier. I am on motilium to try boost my supply and I do express when able though I haven't ever had any success with expressing even in the early days when I had an abundant supply. Has anyone else had issues with breast refusal and what did you do to rectify the situation? I find that I can get him to feed longer if I am walking around, but that is starting to get really uncomfortable. I am at the point where I am considering bottle feeding, but I do this with a heavy heart because I do love breastfeeding. Any advice is welcome!!!

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    Have a look on the kellymom website regarding nursing strike, there is some great info there

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    Medela do a line called Calma teats, for the times you have to give him a bottle you could use them. They make baby work for it, like they would on the breast so they don't get bottle lazy.

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    Does he fuss the entire feed? My DS used to be the worst breast feeder, the minute he had finished with my fast let down and had to work he would get upset and fight with me - honestly it was like trying to feed an animal with all the wiggling and scratching. I had heaps of milk that wasn't really the problem. The only thing that helped was walking around (which you are already doing) or taking him off the boob, burping him and then giving him the boob again. He never really grew out of it, and as such I ended up weaning him at 9 months because it was so annoying. I have since read that you could try wearing a nice necklace or something and distract him from wiggling by letting him play with that. Worth a try!


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