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November 24, 2015
Help! My formerly nursing baby is refusing to breastfeed!
Many mothers and babies experience breastfeeding refusal. So what to do? Seasoned lactation consultant Vicki Wolfrum (RN, CNM, IBCLC) shared her experience at a recent SDCBC general meeting.
It is important to tell the difference between a nursing strike and a breastfeeding refusal. A nursing strike is an abrupt refusal to breastfeed after several weeks or months of normal breastfeeding. It is short, typically lasts no longer than hours to days, often related to acute stressors, discomfort or illness, and usually resolves of it’s own accord easily without trauma after a few feeds.
Breastfeeding refusal, on the other hand, is more complicated. Reasons of early (1-3 months) breastfeeding refusal include separation from the mother, delayed lactogenesis, or nipple confusion. For late (4-6 months) breastfeeding refusal it might be because of tongue or lip tie.
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