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    Default Ebm in bottle as bub refuses breast now

    10 1/2 week old bub Has refused breast, I have tried nipples shields, walking around trying to feed, he just gets extremely upset and I just end up giving him a bottle. My let down takes a while now. I am happy to express my milk for him instead of FF. He seems to drink 100ml from the bottle but when he did Bf he only fed for 7 mins and then gets hungry again sooner.
    Has anyone been in this situation
    I feel so rejected but I've read sometimes bubs go through this stage.
    Please tell me your stories and advise

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    I went through the same thing with DS1 when he was 6-9weeks in the end we threw out all the bottles and dummies and formula cold turkey. I ended up breastfeeding him for a few years.

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    It's not uncommon for them to have nursing strikes at that age.

    If you google nursing strike, there is a lot of info.

    I would recommend getting him back on the breast, as it's difficult to express full time and a pump is less efficient.

    I broke my son's nursing strike and he fed until after 2.

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    It hurts when bub refuses to BF. DD did it once when she was a few months old. Screamed & wriggled & would not latch on. We gave her a bottle of EBM & she gulped it down.
    My MCHN told me to hop into bed for the day with DD & have skin-on-skin time and to let DD decide when to feed.

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    Mine went through some refusal when my period started, she got over it and we are still feeding now (19mo).

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    I went through the same thing with DD when she was 16 weeks, she also was like your DS and only fed for short periods of time but frequentyly. I tried not to bottle feed her ebm but she was a lot stronger willed than I!! I ended up bottle feeding her ebm during the day and breastfed her overnight as I found she was more than happy for booby during the night feeds. It was a bit of a vicious cycle I have to say as I was pumping flat out all day and then bottle feeding her but she also started to feed more frequently overnight. By the time she was 8 months I pretty much lost my supply and was exhausted. I was happy to keep doing what I was doing for as long as I could.

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    Thanks ladies

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    Stiflers mum how long did the refusal last?


 

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