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breasfeeding question

i have a four month old who i exclusively breastfed and everything has been going wonderfully. However, now its seems as if she isnt latching on real well or sucking good. Its a fight to even put her to the boob. She does nurse just poorly. she latches on and then cries and then pushes away. It seems as if she doesnt like the taste or something now. I dont get it! Everything was fine and now this. Also i checked her mouth for tooth bud and see nothing. Im confused. any suggestions?/

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Asked by Anonymous at 4:28 PM on Jan. 12, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It *is* teething...the misery starts weeks before a tooth bud can be seen. Teething tablers and stuff to chew on will help.

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:29 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • Have you eaten something different? Drank something different? Or are on an anti-biotic or some other med that you weren't before? Anything can affect her. Try to narrow that down and see if it helps.

    If none of that is it, you may need to pump and bottle feed. She may just not want to be at the breast anymore. My son was NOT interested in the breast at ALL after 10 months. I know yours is younger than that, but we have no idea when they may be all done. At that point, I recommend the Medela breast pump (recommended #1 by hospitals) and the Playtex Drop-Ins. She obviously still needs milk at this age.

    Answer by RutterMama at 4:32 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • The hosptial where you had your baby should have a lactation consultant on staff. In my experiance, they are super helpful with questions such as yours. Also, you might call your local Le Leche office. Just a suggestion.

    Answer by RoostersMom4 at 4:35 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • RutterMama, we're going to disagree here. Pumping and bottlefeeding is almost NEVER neededom is present to nurse; it's just that mom hasn't found the solution to the issue.. A baby less than a year who doesn't want the breast is often led to it one way or another, unintentionally but it happens because moms aren't taught what's normal and what's not.

    The questions about change in diet were good ones though, and those things can indeed lead to a reaction in baby.

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:36 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • Teething starts long before you can actually see anything - it's a rough process, but just keep putting her to your breast and know that she won't starve herself and wills tart nursing again. Teethers, frozen washclothes, and teething tablets can all help.

    As for pumping and giving a bottle because she just doesn't "want" your breast anymore - - that's a fast way to prematurely wean.

    Answer by TiffanyMarie80 at 4:38 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • Are you eating things that she may not like such as garlic or onions that may make the milk not taste good?

    Answer by admckenzie at 5:26 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • No, babies do not need to be bottle fed because they are fussy at the breast. Babies don't just decide they'd rather have bottles if they have never received a bottle.

    Answer by whiteroses82 at 7:12 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • First off it is very normal especially at this age. Second as the others have said teething pain can start well before it is visible to mom that they are there. Is she having any other teething symptoms like drooling or chewing on things? Third DO NOT pump and give a bottle unless the number of wet and dirty diapers is not where it should be. Pumping and giving a bottle is a SURE way to sabotage the nursing relationship even more. Just keep putting the baby to breast. If there are no other signs of teething then it may be something that has changed in your diet the last couple days.

    Answer by aeneva at 7:40 PM on Jan. 12, 2010


    This should explain it all. You are doing great mama!!


    Answer by mama_l at 8:00 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

  • She's distracted. So many things to look at and take in. My baby does the same thing, only too often she tries to take my nipple with her. She's just four months old now. When she's distracted or tired, her latch sucks. Also at this time, the milk flow may have changed or slowed down...or she may be irritated that she wants to look at something but is hungry and the letdown isn't happening instantaneously. My baby nurses more in the morning and at night now. Gone are the quiet peaceful nursing sessions during the day!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:41 PM on Jan. 12, 2010

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