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What can i do if my baby doesn't want to breastfeed?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Be Patient: When anotherwise healthy baby is acting normally and does not want to nurse, it usually is because they are not hungry. When hungry, a healthy baby will generally have no problems feeding.If they seem to want to eat but won't, look for a problem. An example would be an oral yeast infection ( thrush) which can be fixed.If there is still a problem, consult with your pediatrician.
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Keep calm!: Many babies have trouble breastfeeding, and there are many reasons. Size and shape of the nipple as well as baby's mouth/tongue/latch need to be evaluated. Is there sufficient milk? Is baby otherwise healthy? What is the age of the baby? How does she otherwise feed? You can always pump and give expressed breast milk. Attempt to breast feed once/day at a time that everyone is calm.
Dr. Francisco Rivera
Specializes in Pediatrics
Many options: Look for local breastfeeding consultants (check with a local hospital nursery or your provider). They may be able to help with positioning, latch, and devices that can help you and the baby to communicate and work together. There are also devices, such as nipple shields that can help with nipple issues and sns systems that can provide supplementation while they latch (positive reinforcement).
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
See the pediatrician: Babies are born to breastfeed, so if a baby doesn't want to feed, there must be a reason (unless a baby is too full already). A pediatrician can evaluate the situation to see what the problem might be. If the baby fusses on the breast, but is fine with a bottle, the mom may choose to feed pumped breastmilk. If the baby likes formula but not bottled breastmilk, he can still grow fine on formula.
Dr. Jeffrey Min
Specializes in Pediatrics
Lactation consult: There are many breast feeding problems that a lactation consultant can fix if if you baby doesn't want to breastfeed. This can include a nipple shield or help latching. If a baby really doesn't want to breastfeed and you have gotten help, you can go to a bottle with pumped breast milk. Lastly you can use formula.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Or...: Suprisingly, some pediatricians are capable of good advice regarding breastfeeding !

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A member asked:

Why won't my baby breastfeed?

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Dr. Josephine Ruiz-healy
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Be patient: With newborns, both mom and baby are embarking on a learning experience. Moms are learning how to nurse , and the baby is trying to figure things out as well. If the babyis a "reluctant nurser" try latching sessions of about 5 minutes, if you or the baby become frustrated, stop and offer your baby expressed breast milk. A lactation consultant will offer you great support. Don´t give up!
A 26-year-old female asked:

What do I do after i breastfeed my baby? What baby has to do and how?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 51 years experience
Nourish & nurture : To promote your baby's development, learn her cues for hunger, satiety, fatigue, & discomfort, talk, play while she's on her tummy on the floor, read; no tv till age 2. Have a consistent bedtime & routine, wipe out her mouth before putting her on her back in her own crib, drowsy but awake, to self-calm to fall asleep.Personalize the aap's healthy child app or on www.Aap.Org for more.
Last updated Aug 29, 2017
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