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what can i do to make her take the breast??...

hello my name is gail i am new to cafemom...i was wondering if anyone could help me??..i have a newborn she is 3 weeks old...i want to breastfeed her but she knows the difference bettween the breast and the bottle..

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Asked by Gabriela08 at 5:11 PM on Nov. 8, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • some babies just won't take to the breast. you can try though. the best way to do it is just take the bottles away and put her on the breast, just make sure she doesn't starve.. if she doesn't take to it at all then you can just pump and feed her the breastmilk through the bottle. either way she's getting breastmilk

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:21 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

  • It is also important that you are not the one giving her the bottle, you should only breast feed her, and save the bottle for others to feed her with. It is easier to get milk out of a bottle and is less work, so if you are feeding her with both, she will chose the one that is easier.

    Answer by boy_or_girl at 5:31 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

  • play with your nipples to make them hard then try to breast feed make sure she latches on properly!!!! maybe that will work she might think its a plastic nipple

    Answer by tatalalicious at 5:58 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

  • Contact your local La Leche League for breastfeeding support.

    Answer by MommaLucy at 6:40 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

  • I am surprised you are feeding her the bottle ...most people make sure that they have breastfeeding down pat before bottle.... with that being said....make sure you are comfortable and be naked up top....have someone hand the baby to you and put her belly on your belly.....make sure you put your hard nipple in her mouth...tickle her chin for her to open her mouth...make sure she is hungry....And finally is nothing here works I agree w/ for help and join the breastfeeding groups...soemone probably has had teh same problem. GL Mama

    Answer by Loa1002 at 8:14 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

    NO MORE BOTTLES!! Give her no options!!!

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 9:11 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

  • Spend lots of time (all day if you can!) with her skin to skin (you with no shirt, baby in only a diaper) holding her on your chest.
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    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 9:56 PM on Nov. 8, 2008

  • u could trick her,this work for me the other way around.put the bottle in her mouth let her get a few sucks then pull it away fast and put ur nipple up there.

    Answer by angelairelan at 10:01 AM on Nov. 9, 2008

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