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I have been breast feeding my son since he was born in Sept. He is going to be 6 weeks on Monday. For the last week I have had a problem with nursing him. He will latch on sometimes and there are no problems. But sometimes he will latch on for 5 or 10 mins and nurse and then pull off and start screaming. I burp him and try to latch him back on but he doesn't want anything to do with my breast but is still hungry and immediately start to suck on his hands. I have tried giving him a pacifier to see if he isn't hungry and just needs to suck but he will spit it out and go back to his hand. I bottle feed him my milk at night and not sure if he just likes the bottle better. It's getting so frustrating.
Teething, possibly? Although young...
What kind of bottle are you using too? I use Dr. Browns when I pump with a Level 1 nipple & it forces him to eat slower than with other bottles, so he doesn't prefer the bottle to the breast....that starts to happen with some babies who are getting the milk easier & faster from a bottle than the boob. So, you may want to try a different bottle, which forces him to eat more like he's at the breast...working harder for it.
Maybe he is impatient once the milk flow slows down. Does he do the same thing on both sides? Is there a particular time of day that seems to be related to this behavior?
I am using born free bottles with level 1 nipples. I decided to just start bottle feeding him and pump. I am going back to work in 3 weeks so eventually it would come to that.
It actually is working better. It is making me pump more than before and so I have a lot more milk to freeze than before!
So when you feed him your milk via bottle he doesnt give you an trouble? Thats kinda odd. First I thought it could be something with your milk but seeing that he likes it from the bottle that cant be it. Anyhow, Im glad for you that its working better now._________________________________________
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Glad to hear it is working better for you! It's such a guessing game, sometimes, trying to figure out what our babies need, isn't it? Hope all is continuing to be well for you both. :-)
Glad to hear it's working better; I had similar issues at first my daughter blistered my nipples and I would be in tears trying to breastfeed, also she started teething at 3 months (exhibiting the exact same problem you're having is what tipped us off). I use Breastflow bottles by The First Years they work awesome! I had no problem going between bottle to breast, even if doing so in the same feeding. the baby still has to use suction and compression in order to get milk from the nipple & gas hasn't been an issue with the bottle either.
I have been pumping and bottle feeding my breastmilk to my son for 2 and a half months now. my milk supply pretty much just stopped! my doc said it's because pumping doesn't create the same hormones as breastfeeding does and to try to get him to latch on to my breast at least once a day to help my body keep making milk. i agree it is easier, and everyone told me it was more work cause I pump every 3 hours. but it helps me keep better track of how much he's eating and he has reflux(it's getting better thank goodness!!) so I could monitor his intake and out put much more efficiently! So good for you for finding something that works well for you! Good luck and God bless!!!