My baby won't latch on in Breastfeeding

Posted by Anonymous on - 1 reply

Hi, my baby is 8 days old and won't latch on. She has been formula fed from day 1. I really want her to latch on so I can breastfeed. Can you help? When I am offering my breast she gets frustrated and cries and pushes me away. What can I do?

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Nov 11, 2016 12:42 PM

Dear Samira

Thank you for your message. It sounds like you have a lot going on for your new family. At 8 days it's still really early days so nothing is a foregone conclusion yet in terms of breastfeeding. Babies can, and do, go to the breast even if they have not done so initially.

One of the key things to consider is your milk supply. If a baby is not going to the breast then hormones slow down milk production. I wonder if you have had support with expressing? Mothers in a similar situation can find it really helpful to hire a hospital-grade double pump to stimulate their supply. If they decide to do this then expressing frequently is important to mimic how often a baby would stimulate the breast - 6-8 times in 24 hours is often suggested.

Keeping the breast as a calm and happy place for your baby is also important for you both. Trying to have skin to skin time while your baby is sleepy and not hungry can be a good way of introducing the breast.

It sounds like experienced support from a Certified Lactation Consultant may be helpful to talk through what you would like to achieve Samira. You could discuss and agree a Feeding Plan together which could be a good next step for your new family.

Best wishes

Sharon George IBCLC