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    Default Any happy outcomes after breast refusal in a newborn?

    I am still yet to establish breastfeeding with my DS2 and it is starting to seriously stress me out I have had such an easy time feeding my previous two it's quite shocking and disheartening when it doesnt work!He is now 5 weeks old but born 5 weeks early so was bottle fed ebm since day one as he was unable to latch on no matter how hard he tried. We had some success with a nipple shield but he would fall asleep exhausted after only about 5 minutes. He's really just been solidly sleeping and eating until this last week when he's being a bit more alert and I have been trying to give him a couple of breastfeeds a day so he can start to get the hang of it. He tries very hard but gets frustrated and the times it works are starting to become less and less.I got a wonderful LC come to my place two weeks ago and we got him successfully on the breast without the shield and got my technique sorted and I thought it would be go from there, although she thought he might take another week or so to be ready to really get into it.However now when I try to feed him I am finding he gets immediately frustrated and starts screaming and he is not even really trying.I'm terrified I have spoiled him with the bottle and I would desperately like to hear from anyone who has a similar story with a happy ending?Sorry if that's a bit of a ramble, I'm pretty sleep deprived

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    No help, but thought I would bump for you xxx

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    Haven't read the reply but could you look into a lactation aid? I can't explain it very well, but it's a way of tube feeding your baby EBM while they still suck on your nipple. Helps with supply and getting them used to your boobs without getting too tired.

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    Thanks everyone for your replies, Ive done a bit more googling on the SNS that was suggested a few times and it looks like it might suit us. Last night when he was awake and content after a good feed I tried him again on the breast and he definitely tried to latch on again and was happy to just sit there for a while kind of half on and dozing.
    Not quite a feed but at least he wasn't actually refusing to have a bar of it!
    So I think with the SNS if there is milk instantly available like the bottle it might be the way to gradually change over.

    NAt11 that sounds like an amazing job you did feeding your bub! I have had to top up with formula a few times as I simply havent been able to pump enough (I have a 2 year old to chase as well). My supply definitely dipped a few days ago so I got my DP to mind DD and just sat on the couch the whole day and pumped every hour and ate! Seems to have done the trick as it's back up again (I know theres a 6 week growth spurt around the corner!)
    I have him on the wide neck Pigeon S teat but he is able to really get a lot out of that and quite fast which is not helping the problem. I tried the Avent Calma but he was horrified by it and screamed until I gave him the Pigeon one! Is there another slower one you know of?

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    Aww thanks so much for the lovely words, that made my day!

    I'll give the Tommee Tippee ones a go and see if that helps slow him down a little! Fingers crossed he gets there eventually and I can enjoy another booby bub!

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    Just want to also add i think you are doing a brilliant job. I had a terrible first 8 weeks but am so glad I persevered, I have so much respect for breastfeeding mothers, you are amazing!


    Baby wearing, co-sleeping, booby feeding mummy to one

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    Survivor of breast refusal over here

    We had a happy ending when we switched to FF at 6 weeks. The constant screaming, scratching and crying was doing me head in and I couldn't express enough to feed her.

    I never found out the reason for DD's refusal but it was happy days once I gave myself permission to stop trying.

    Good luck and I hope things get better for you and your bub! Keep an open mind and do whatever works for you both


 

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