Is it worth it for an ounce of milk?(5 Posts)
My son breastfed exclusively for his first week and a half, during which his weight dropped from the 98th centile to under the 50th. I was then advised by my midwife to mix feed, which we have been doing successfully since then. I'm having to top up every feed, as despite trying everything I could think of in the early weeks, my supply never built up.
However, earlier this week (he's 11 weeks old now) he suddenly decided he doesn't like breastfeeding anymore. He takes one look at my nipple, turns his head away, sometimes straightens his arm in a hitler-style salute and starts howling, even if he was calm when I put him to the breast. The only time he will breastfeed is first thing in the morning when we're in bed and he's still drowsy.
He gets so distressed and won't calm down until I take it away. I've tried to feed him in bed during the day but that didn't work either.
I wanted to continue breastfeeding until he was 6 months, but if he's going to refuse it then I'll have to express. I've been expressing for the last few days to try and keep my supply going but I'm only producing an ounce maximum and I'm wondering if it's worth it.
Does anybody have any advice? Should I keep expressing and give him his breastmilk in a bottle? Or should I just feed him in the morning until the milk finally dries up? Or is there a way of getting him to enjoy breastfeeding again?
Agree that the early mixedfeeding may have put him off bf. DS1 was lazy anf much preferred ff. But hope you can continue
Janice - if you call any of the breastfeeding helplines they will discuss your options with you. It's physically possible to bring the milk back, but it's not easy and you need to be motivated and very patient
It's a real shame your midwife told you to mixed feed, and while you have done wonderfully to get to 11 weeks with some breastfeeding still happening, your experience is what happens with early mixed feeding...the baby starts to reject the breast in favour of the bottle because the breast is gradually less and less productive. Not your 'fault' - just the biology of it all!
Weight dropping to that extent in the first weeks is a concern, but mixed feeding is only the 'answer' to weight loss, not the answer to 'how do you fix the brweastfeeding?'. You were badly let down
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