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Distressed baby forgotten how to feed

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guyshahar Sun 06-Sep-09 13:22:30


Our 3 week old baby, Daniel, often sits at the breast as if he has forgotten how to breast feed. He keeps his mouth open, keeps looking around for the breast (even though it is already in his mouth) and doesn't latch on to it. Then he cries loudly and gets frustrated because he is not getting milk. Sometimes this goes on for hours and hours, which can be very distressing for him and for us. Sometimes this happens right at the start of a feed, other times, half-way through.

Does anyone have any idea what might be going on here and what we can do to help him.

I don't know if this is relevant, but he has also stopped wanting to sleep in his basket. For the first week, he was very happy in there, but now he cries as soon as we put him in it - even if we are still holding him.

jeminthecellar Sun 06-Sep-09 13:32:41

He is still really tiny...I remember sitting crying because my baby wouldn't feed, they were hysterical, I was hysterical...horrible.

Is it becuase the nipple is hard cos it is engorged? That was a problem sometimes I recall especially when they were really tiny...

Does it happen at a specific time of day?

jeminthecellar Sun 06-Sep-09 13:33:35

There are ;oads of breasfeeding gurus on here btw, they no doubt shall be along soon smile

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