Childhood Diseases

Posted by: M | 2010/11/16


4month old rejects breast

My 4month old often refuses to take the breast during th day and cries non stop until I giv him a bottle- I don''t know what to do. Because this doesn''t happen at night- I don''t want to stop breastfeeding but the crying is wearing me out!

Expert's Reply



There is no harm in breast and bottle feeding if your baby will only take the bottle during the day.Continue to breast feed him at night and in the morning if possible.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/11/17

It is difficult, but if you want to continue breastfeeding, get yourself some help from an international board certified lactation consultant or from the la leche league. They will help you to get things right within a few days.

One way of increasing milk supply is to express for 3 - 5 minutes on each breast immediately after feeding, even if there is no milk coming out.

Yes, any breat milk your child gets is fine, but remember that the more bottles of formula you give, the more your milk supply will go down as less milk is being demanded, so in a few weeks you will not be breastfeeding at all.

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Posted by: M | 2010/11/16

This is soo depressing!! I''m really struggling. I don''t have a lot of milk-do u think this is th reason he doesn''t want to drink? It seems like he doesn''t like it cos wen I put him on he takes one suck n th crying begins- I''m so worn out I jus feel like running away sometimes- I dint giv my older son a bottle n dint hav this problem. But I felt it was too difficult to exclusively breastfeed with a 2yr old so I started 1bottle at nite which is now also 1 bottle at lunch time-
I''ll try th advice bt I hope it doesn''t get worse-
I spose half breast half bottle is betta than no breast?!
I cnt express cos its too painful and I don''t hav a great flow.
Thanx for th help- its been a ruff day:(

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Posted by: Kim | 2010/11/16

Why not try a breast pump and express, that way LO gets best of both,

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/11/16

Babies soon learn that the bottle is easier to drink from than the breast.

If you are determined to continue breastfeeding, then offer the breast and if baby doesn''t want it don''t offer the bottle. There will be crying and this might go on for a day or two, but your baby will eventually take the breast again. Just comfort baby through the crying, don''t get yourself stressed about it, perhaps just pop baby in the pram and go for a walk (isn''t crying just so much easier to deal wtih when you are outside?)

Also remember that at this age babies often appear to be refusing the breast as they start to de-latch and look at the world around them, this passes by about 5 months and they then carry on feeding as usual. Usually just trying to feed again a little later does the trick, though they will continue to delatch and look around and then latch again, suck once, de-latch and so on. Its frustrating, but worth persevering through.

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