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Reasons why your baby loses interest in breastfeeding

Reasons why your baby loses interest in breastfeeding

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There are many reasons why your baby may suddenly lose interest in breastfeeding. This is quite a common situation in every mother’s life. Here are some common causes and their solutions.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Your baby is distracted. Sometimes it’s because a baby’s development has reached a point where she can physically move about and do things she couldn’t do before. This new ability may be so exciting that she’s easily distracted from the task at hand.

Your baby has a cold. If your baby has contracted a cold or virus, she simply may have lost her appetite. Congestion also can inhibit your baby’s ability to breastfeed.

Breastfeeding tips.

Your baby may just need encouragement to start breastfeeding again. Here are some tips:

Look for fewer distractions. Try breastfeeding in a darkened, quiet room.

Nurse when she is less active. Nurse your baby when she’s sleepy, which will minimise distractions and help her breastfeed.

Change the experience. If you usually sit down while you breastfeed, try walking around with your baby and giving her plenty of relaxing strokes.

Use different breastfeeding positions. Bring variety to the activity .

Enlist others. Express your milk with an electric pump to keep your milk supply up. Other family members can feed her with a cup or spoon.

It may be weaning time.

"Breastfeeding strikes," which can happen from 3 to 8 months, usually last 2 to 4 days. If your repeated efforts to get your baby re-interested in breastfeeding don’t succeed, it may be that she’s ready to give up nursing. To continue providing your baby with the benefits of breast milk, use a breast pump and feed him breast milk in a bottle.

There is nothing to worry if your baby loses interest in breastfeeding. This is quite a common situation, solutions to which are given above. Follow them to make the experience more enjoyable and fulfilling for both you and your baby.

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