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February 10th, 2011, 09:01 PM
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Everything has been going fine with BFing...until today. On and off today Riley has been refusing to nurse. First it was just the right side, then both. He just screams until he's bright red. He will, however, take pumped breast milk just fine from a bottle. At first I attributed it to him being gassy and needing to poop, but he had a big poop and then nursed on the left, but now is refusing both again. DH is giving him a bottle of pumped milk now. Any ideas/suggestions? It's frustrating and I'm sad he's suddenly not wanting to nurse.
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February 10th, 2011, 09:27 PM
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Mayley does that sometimes, but she won't take a bottle. I just keep offering it to her until she takes it. Hope it gets better for you.
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February 10th, 2011, 11:23 PM
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is it possible he has a stuffy nose? That would alway make my son pop off at scream. Other times he just wants to suck, and a full breast makes him angry.

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February 11th, 2011, 12:48 AM
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I don't have any advice to offer but just wanted to say that my little guy started doing the exact same thing today, so you are not alone.
I've been looking up possible reasons for it pretty much all day. Is it possible its just a growth spurt? Maybe teething? I think my lo is teething early
I hope things go back to normal for you!
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February 11th, 2011, 06:01 AM
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It can be a stuffy nose, teeth, ear ache, etc. Also, try to nurse before they get overly hungry.

here is some helpful info:
kellymom.com :: Help -- My Baby Won't Nurse!

kellymom.com :: My baby fusses or cries during nursing - what's the problem?

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February 11th, 2011, 10:09 AM
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One of my boys has started to do that recently... it's not all of the time, but I have been trying to come up with a pattern. I have determined a few things:

1. he no longer always wants to nurse every 3 hours... so when I try to nurse him along side his brother, he's just not hungry.

2. he doesn't like the position he's in (sometimes when he screams I'll try 2-3 positions until he settles down and really latches on)

3. he needs to burp earlier than normal... he used to eat for 8 minutes straight before being finished and then I'd burp him. now, sometimes he'll nurse for 2 minutes before screaming his head off... so I'll take him off and pat his back and he'll let out a huge burp, and then nurse just fine for the remainder of the session.

I know it's frustrating, but you'll figure it out! Good luck!

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February 11th, 2011, 10:28 AM
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I don't have much advice, other than it happened with us every once in a while and we got past it... just keep trying, try different positions. Sometimes DD wanted to nurse while I was standing, which, for me, was pretty much impossible.

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February 11th, 2011, 03:27 PM
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Thanks for the advice, ladies! Things have been going OK today. There's been just once so far that I've had to really encourage him to latch and then to keep sucking. Hopefully he doesn't make a habit of this!
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