For every new mother, refusing to breastfeed can be even more frustrating than losing weight. Holding the baby for breastfeeding, the baby hummed and twisted its head, showing no intention of wanting to breastfeed at all; I finally let the baby take a bite, but as soon as my small mouth opened slightly, the milk that had just entered my mouth flowed out again, and as a result, I didn’t eat much throughout the day!
Is the baby sick of milk due to physical reasons? “” How can my little ancestors grow up without eating more? “It is inevitable that many novice mothers have encountered this situation. In fact, the refusal of a baby to breastfeed is not caused by physiological reasons, nor is it the “aversion to breastfeeding” that some mothers are concerned about. Babies may experience aversion to breastfeeding by the age of four or five months. However, in the neonatal period, when a baby does not breastfeed, it is necessary to consider how to guide them, feeding methods, and other aspects. If you want your baby to breastfeed obediently, you can try the following tips:
1. Have more skin contact with the baby
It is important to ensure that breastfeeding is carried out in a positive and joyful atmosphere. If babies feel frustrated or angry, they will be more likely to refuse breastfeeding. Taking some time to let your baby come into contact with your exposed skin can help you remind your baby to drink milk now. It can be in bed or while taking a shower, allowing the child to intuitively locate your breasts through skin contact. This way of skin contact can reduce your stress.
2. The milk should not flow too fast
In the weeks before the milk supply stabilizes, some mothers’ milk will flow quickly. Sometimes babies cannot adapt to large amounts of milk, and they need to suck more times to obtain the same amount of breast milk as usual. Therefore, they may become picky and refuse breast milk until the mother’s milk supply stabilizes.
If your baby drinks for a few minutes and then opens their mouth to try sucking again, but by then they have become nervous or angry, it may be because your milk has slowed down. Changing the other side of the breast to feed the baby or pressing on the breast may be helpful. Gently pressing on the breast will slow down the baby’s milk intake, ensuring that the baby does not need to wait too long.
3. Let the baby gradually get used to the bottle
If the baby is artificially fed or mixed fed, please let the baby gradually get used to the bottle. Babies who drink milk from bottles are completely different from those who drink milk from the breasts, and once they become accustomed to using bottles, they are likely to refuse to drink milk directly from the breasts. Skin contact can help babies overcome this problem. At the same time, gently pressing on the breast while the child is drinking milk can better ensure the fluidity of the milk.
4. Try different feeding postures
Sometimes babies who refuse to drink through their mother’s breasts may be in the wrong position or posture. For example, your baby may have just been vaccinated and one of their arms is a bit sore, so if you press on their arm while breastfeeding, the baby will resist.
5. Don’t distract the baby
At the age of 3 to 6 months, babies are easily disturbed and therefore particularly difficult to feed. If this situation occurs, bringing the child to a quiet, dark room can provide assistance, and it can also help them focus more on breastfeeding when the baby is drowsy or just wakes up. Some babies are particularly easily distracted during the day, so breastfeeding them at night can make you feel more relaxed.