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Is it normal for a baby to not want to nurse

my baby will be 7 weeks friday and for a few feedings now she refuses to nurse and im just wondering if this is call for concern.

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Asked by JessieW22 at 6:47 PM on Nov. 25, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • She's probably fine as long as she's still wetting her diapers and not crying like she's hungry. You could supplement a feeding with a water bottle if you are concerned.

    Answer by admckenzie at 6:53 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • Sometimes they go thru a nursing strike. Just keep offering and pump when she doesn't. Until she is starting to lose weight, keep at it.

    Have you changed something in your diet? There are things that we eat that babies do not like since it's transferred thru our milk. Take a look at that.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 6:55 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • Are you bottle feeding her when she refuses to nurse? Sometimes they decide that it's just easier to drink from a bottle so they go for what is easy. Does she have a stuffy nose? That can make her refuse to nurse too. Good luck!

    Answer by Jambo4 at 7:26 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • i wouldnt worry too much, babies wont let themselves starve. just keep offering and pump when she refuses, if she stops wetting, talk to your dr.

    Answer by momslikeme366 at 7:36 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • You should NOT give an infant water, bf or formula fed.

    Keep track of her "output." I'd try a 24hr "nurse-in" where you just chill in be or on the couch with the breast available at all times.

    Answer by happytexasCM at 7:37 PM on Nov. 25, 2010

  • "Feedings" set by her, or by you? Just nurse on demand... she cues that she's hungry, offer the breast. If she doesn't want it, then try again later. No big deal... just watch output. Babies know what they need!

    Answer by LeanneC at 12:10 AM on Nov. 26, 2010

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