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My 2 month old suddenly refuses to latch on


My baby is 2 months 1 week old.

She was a very good latcher since the day she was born. She was in the ICU for 9days immediately after she was born. I use to go and breast feed when I could and rest of the time I would pump and give the nurses to feed her.

She is also used to formula there. She got used to the amount they use to give her. So when she came back home I would nurse her sometimes and pump sometimes and give her certain amount by which she would not feel hungry for 2-21/2 hrs. with breast feed she would feel hungry in an hour.

I continued the same. I would nurse all night and until afternoon and rest feed until last feed I would pump and give her.

All of a sudden since a day she does not want to latch on and cries when I take her to my breast. what could be the reason.

Please help me. She is a very good latcher since the day one. She knows to latch on but suddenly since yesterday she is not liking. Please advise me.

Breastfeeding Magazine Response: You may want to see if there is a medical reason for the refusal to latch on.

Is it possible that she has thrush? If so, it may just be painful to eat.

You may also want to look at the possibility of an ear infection. Many babies refuse to nurse if it is painful to their ears.

If you rule out a medical reason, keep offering her the breast VERY often.

If that still does not work, you should consult a lactation consultant who can watch a feeding and help access the problem.

Good luck!

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