Breastfeeding is a wonderful and rewarding experience, but it is not without its difficulties. Newborns may have trouble catching and learning to breastfeed, and older babies who are breastfeeding well for weeks or months may suddenly stop breastfeeding.
Both situations are annoying, but be patient and ask for help if you need it. Talk to your pediatrician or breastfeeding consultant for help and support. Most of the time you can find a solution and continue breastfeeding.
Why newborns refuse to breastfeed
A newborn may have trouble learning to breastfeed. These are some of the breastfeeding issues you may have with a newborn.
Weak or inefficient latch
It is called the way the baby’s mouth attaches to the breast when breastfeeding latch . If your newborn you are not well , your aspiration will not be effective and you will not be able to express breast milk. As the baby becomes hungrier and more frustrated, it becomes increasingly difficult to breastfeed and the baby may begin to reject the breast altogether.
To avoid breastfeeding problems due to a weak latch, get help with the latch in time. When your baby is properly attached to the breast, he will take the entire nipple and much of the areola, the dark area around the nipple, in his mouth.
Your baby is premature
You may not be able to breastfeed if your baby is born prematurely and needs to stay in the hospital. Then, once your baby is able to breastfeed, it may take some time to get started. Young children have small mouths, so preemias may not be able to hold on to the breast until it is slightly larger.
Also, premature babies have less energy to breastfeed, so it may seem that you will not breastfeed, but you may not tolerate it yet. In the meantime, you can give the premature baby expressed breast milk until it is large enough and has enough energy to breastfeed.
You have flat or inverted nipples
Most babies can breastfeed well even with flat or inverted nipples . But in some cases, it is difficult for the baby to cling to the breast. If the newborn is not stuck and you think it is due to her nipples, there are many ways to successfully correct flat or inverted nipples and make breastfeeding possible.
To stimulate her nipples or use a breast pump before breastfeeding can help you remove them and make it easier to hold the baby. .
Your baby has a birth injury or a disability
If your baby suffers from a broken shoulder or bruising during birth, he or she may not feel comfortable breastfeeding. And newborns with neurological or physical disabilities at birth may not be able to breastfeed or reject the breast.
Once your child is diagnosed with an injury or DISABLED , you and your healthcare team work together to make the adjustments your baby needs to start breastfeeding.
There is a delay in breast milk production
For new mothers or mothers with certain health conditions, breast milk it could take a few days to arrive . This delay can be frustrating for you and your newborn. And when a newborn becomes frustrated, he may begin to reject the breast. But don’t be discouraged. Put the baby to the breast as often as possible and, if you need to supplement with formula during this time, do not feel guilty.
Your baby is sleepy
Newborns tend to be very drowsy in general, but the birth process and medications given to you at birth can cause even more drowsiness than normal. . jaundice or other diseases may have a similar effect.
And of course, if your baby is sleeping , do not breastfeed. To wake the little one, you can rub his legs or back, open him or change his diaper just before or during feeding. Keep trying to breastfeed as often as possible. Fortunately, drowsiness is usually temporary.
Why older babies refuse to breastfeed
Older children who have been breastfeeding for some time sometimes stop breastfeeding out of the blue. This sudden interruption is commonly known as a «lactation blow». Here are the reasons why an older child may refuse to breastfeed.
- A cold : breastfeeding a sick child it can be a challenge. If your baby is not feeling well or has a stuffy nose, it may be difficult for him to breastfeed and breathe at the same time.
- Distraction : As babies get older, they become more curious about the world around them. Older children are more easily distracted, and sometimes there are many other interesting things they would rather do than breastfeed.
- Fast feeder Older children can breastfeed much faster than younger ones. An older baby can often get a large amount of breast milk in just a few minutes. A baby who is breastfeeding for a few minutes and then stops would have had enough.
- Reduced supply : Yes does not produce as much breast milk As before, the baby may become frustrated with breastfeeding and may stop.
- Pain : If your baby is teeth coming out , you have an ear infection or you have thrush In the mouth, it can be painful for him to breastfeed. If your child has Colic , you may feel uncomfortable with gas, bloating and digestive problems that may interfere with breastfeeding.
- Taste : hormonal changes due come back from menstruation , a new task or the beginning of birth control pills may affect the taste of breast milk. Smoking cigarettes before breastfeeding or eating certain foods can also change the taste of milk. If your baby does not like the taste of your milk, he may not want to breastfeed.
What to do if your baby is not breastfeeding
Even if it’s difficult, try not to worry. Stress can reduce the amount of breast milk. Here are some ideas to solve the problem:
- Breastfeed the baby in a quiet, dark place away from distractions.
- Consult your doctor, lactation consultant or lactation group in your local area for help and support. Take your child to the doctor to check for health problems.
- Express breast milk manually or with a pump to maintain milk supply . Offer your baby expressed breast milk or infant formula in a bottle while you continue breastfeeding.
- Make sure that your newborn fits on your breast correctly. Try using a position different for breastfeeding .
- Offer the breast frequently, but do not force the baby to breastfeed. If breastfeeding becomes a negative experience for your baby, it may be more difficult to breastfeed.
- Try feeding glasses , with your fingers or with an additional breastfeeding device (additional breastfeeding system) give your baby breast milk if you do not want to use a bottle. Or, feed the formula as you work to bring your baby back to your breast.