Difficulty feeding and breastfeeding

Nothing in the world is more nutritious, healthier and better than mother breast milk. It contains the greatest amount of vitamins and mineral complexes. In addition, it has been proven that, in addition to nutrition and vitamins, the child also receives a stable emotional situation due to the fact that the mother is nearby.

For some children, the chest is a special kind of calm, mental balance. However, a number of mothers face difficulties in feeding, because the baby simply refuses to take the breast. This is a real situation requiring a hearing and a serious decision.

6 reasons for refusal

First of all, in order to adjust feeding, it is necessary to understand the reasons for refusal. They can be completely different.

One thing is clear for sure: the baby is worried about something and he can no longer eat his usual way.

  1. Moms give a baby a pacifier, pacifier or bottle at an early age.
    It has a softer latex and rubberized base. Thanks to this baby is much easier to get the desired milk. As a result, the child simply does not understand why he should try and pull the milk out of the nipple when it is possible to do the same, but with much less effort.
  2. The special form of the breast in the mother - not all women by nature have a convenient breast shape for feeding.
    Some have a tight nipple that makes it hard to get milk. In this situation, the task of the mother is not to be nervous, but to try to help her baby as much as possible. To do this, you can purchase special nozzles for the chest, which will facilitate the process of feeding. In the case of a flat nipple, the woman should stretch the breast before breastfeeding, massage and try to create a more comfortable shape for her baby.
  3. Distancing from the mother due to improper care - in the event that a woman shows negative or aggression towards the baby, he can simply move away from her.
    He no longer sees in her that person whom he can trust, respectively, he will not want to drink her breast milk, would prefer to remain hungry.
  4. Unstable emotional situation in the house - the constant scandals of parents, the nervous tension is transmitted to the baby.
    He simply does not want to be in such a family. The child does not receive proper peace and tranquility, during which she will want to eat.
  5. The long absence of the mother can negatively affect the emotional background of the child.
    If a woman went to work early, then it is quite possible to be prepared for the fact that the baby will completely refuse from the breast. The girl at this time moves away from her baby. For him, a loved one is already considered one who spends more time with him. For example, it may be a grandmother or a nanny.
  6. Complementary feeding - if a woman introduces improper feeding, immediately trying to feed the baby, then it is quite possible that soon he will not have to eat his mother's milk.
    Lure is introduced gradually, while for a long time alternating with breast milk.

Failure is true or false


It is customary to separate the true and false rejection of the breast. Where it is easier to install the false. But often moms take it at face value, fully transferring the child to artificial feeding. Do not do this. As a rule, a false failure occurs subconsciously.

Most often it occurs in two categories of babies. First, in newborns who simply do not understand how to get milk and what to do with it. In this case, the task of the mother to prompt his child as much as possible and help him get milk.

Secondly, these are children who are given complementary foods. They often stop eating, waiting for a new portion of delicious food. In addition, for six months they simply tired of the same taste. In this case, you can not be intrusive.

Do not feed the baby, but let's gradually take one spoon, then feed it with breast milk. In this case, the child will not have time to eat up, but at the same time, he will retain the desire to drink breast milk.

Often, distractions in the form of a TV or a loud sound can also become false. If your baby reacts so badly to everything, then surround him with maximum peace and tranquility.

The true rejection of milk is much more difficult to treat than to prevent. Its main feature is that it does not arise gradually. True failure is accompanied by a number of factors, which can already be understood by what is happening with the baby.

Anxiety symptoms for women should be:

  • whims while feeding by day;
  • the baby simply holds the nipple in the mouth;
  • the baby stopped falling asleep while feeding;
  • the baby began to twitch.

What is a false failure to breastfeed?

In order for Mom in time to determine the true or false rejection of the breast, she should use a number of criteria:

  1. The baby tries to take the breast, but it does not work.
    Then he spits out the nipple and tries again each time. This suggests that the child is trying, but he does not succeed. Mother and child should choose another position, massage or take a warm shower.
  2. The child is sick, there is a fever or a runny nose.
    Especially during acute rhinitis, it is rather difficult for a baby to take a breast because it cannot breathe through the nose, it disturbs him and he simply refuses to breast.
  3. Hyperlactation of the mother means the amount of milk that is exceeded by the needs of the baby.
    The child simply can not cope with the amount of fluid that he receives. In fact, this happens only at the beginning, with strong mother tides. Over time, the process will improve. If the baby does not adapt, the mother should decant before feeding to ensure a comfortable meal.
  4. Not enough milk.
  5. Distracting noises, external stimuli.

Causes of false failure

Before mom sounded the alarm, you should think about what she does wrong. The kid, unfortunately, can not say that it does not suit him. So see for yourself that you have milk in the right amount. This is the most common cause of failure. The newborn is not fed up, therefore it does not see the point in breast milk.

The second reason may be a change in the taste of breast milk itself. This is very often affected by food. For example, onions, garlic, spices and flavor enhancers. Try during pregnancy to eat the right, but at the same time a variety of products.

Taste may change due to menstruation or pregnancy. Then it is hardly possible to restore the baby’s desire to eat modified breast milk.

In the event that the mother spends enough time with the baby, he will definitely feel help and support in her, will return to breastfeeding.



To understand that the baby refuses to breast is not so difficult. This is indicated by bright signs:

  • the newborn does not take the breast, turns away from it;
  • sucks only one breast;
  • cries at the sight of mother, calms down on the hands of a stranger;
  • takes the breast, but after a few seconds spits it out and cries.

Ways to eliminate the causes of failure of the breast.

Very often, the symptoms can reveal not only the existence of the problem, but also the cause. For example, if a child first captures the breast, litters it, and then spits it out. This means that the reason lies either in an uncomfortable nipple, or lack of milk.

How to deal with a false failure?

To restore breastfeeding will be possible only after you determine the cause and understand how it can be eliminated.

During a false failure, a woman needs to spend as much time with the baby as possible so that she can feed on her smell and body heat. In this case, often babies begin to actively feed on milk.

In the event that the reason for the refusal was the presence of bottles or pacifiers, then they should be removed. Make your baby sweat and add good lactation with you. Often, kids are just lazy, not wanting to suck on a tight chest. Remove from your baby easier ways to get an alternative, offering in return only milk.

Apply to the chest as often as possible. This will allow the child to understand what they want from him.

In the case of a long failure of the breast, contact your pediatrician and a breastfeeding specialist to help you streamline the process.


In most cases, a false refusal is psychological. The mother’s task is to prove to her child that she loves him and cares about him, and the baby, in turn, can trust her. Having won the love and trust of your baby, you will forever adjust the breastfeeding procedure.

Watch the video: Breastfeeding with the Thompson Method (February 2020).


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