A 33-year-old female asked:
My 5 mo old fusses, becomes agitated five minutes into breastfeeding. she is formula fed when i'm at work, is this due to nipple confusion?what can i do?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Unlikely confusion: Nipple confusion is more likely if a kid refuses a bottle because they want the breast or vise versa. Your baby may be noticing the change in flow rate that comes naturally during bf.After 5 min the flow rate can slow (80% empties in the first 5min) .The flow rate with a bottle varies only with babies suck. Try switching sides after 5min & let her go back if willing after another 5/side.
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Last updated Nov 9, 2012
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