Refusal To Breast Feed
Sometimes, a baby that is breastfed may suddenly decide to refuse to breastfeed. The baby will pull away from the breast, then toss his head from side to side. This can happen at any time, so there really is no way to predict it happening.
Refusal to feed on the breast could occur when the baby is in pain. Normally, this can be due to an ear infection, sore head from vacuum delivery, thrush in the baby’s mouth, or teething.
The use of dummies, teats or nipple shields may also contribute to refusal. Some babies actually find it difficult to feed from the breast and bottle as the sucking action is very different. Some become confused, therefore it’s always best to avoid using any type of teats or dummies.
Sometimes, the milk just takes bitter. This can be due to antibiotics if you starting or in the middle of your period, or nipple creams. If the milk tastes bitter, your baby will normally not want to feed.
Solving the problems
First, you should always try to identify what may have caused the breast refusal then begin to treat the cause. Always remain patient and gentle with your baby. Be sure to hold your baby next to you, skin to skin, so that he can take the breast when he wants to so that he begins to realize that breastfeeding is both enjoyable and comfortable.
Older babies may suddenly take shorter and fewer breastfeeds, although this can be normal with some babies. Therefore, it’s always best not to try and make the baby feed longer, but instead let the baby decide how often and also how long each individual feeding will last.