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Priyanka Dhamija

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Oct 13, 2015

My baby is four months old now. Till today, he was breastfeeding happily, used to feed very happily and cried very less. I never gave him top feed and doesn't even want to. But suddenly he has refused taking feed from my right breast. I have tried lot of positions but nothing is working. So I feed him from that breast at night and in the afternoon when he is into deep sleep. Earlier also, around a month back he refused taking feed from that breast but returned to it in two days. Now it's 4-5 days since he hasn't returned back to that breast. Also from the other breast he drinks for a minute and leave it. In that case I make him half asleep and then feed him while walking. Otherwise he doesn't drink. I am really disappointed. Please help!

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Priyanka Dhamija

| Oct 14, 2015

Thanks a ton Shikha. You are of great help.

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Shikha Batra

| Oct 14, 2015

Dear Priyanka kids as young as 3 to 5 months gets easily distracted by things/sounds around them. they nurse during walking /rocking as that keeps them focused. Try feeding Juno at a dull place with minimum distractions. Offer him more of breastfeed to make up for the loss while he is not having or is distracted. The more u would express milk, the more would be the supply and say within few weeks it should be normal. Say the side he is using less should be expressed say 8 to 10 times in a day or more to maintain supply. Otherwise u would see a difference in the size of breasts. Offer him the less preferred breast at night when he is sleeping. This phase is temporary and the more relaxed and stress free u would be the better would be the supply. Take help of an expert in case u still feel difficulty in feeding. hope this helps!

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Priyanka Dhamija

| Oct 14, 2015

Is this phase temporary ? Will he always drink milk while I walk? Also does expressing milk lowers the milk production in breast ?

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Shikha Batra

| Oct 13, 2015

Hi Priyanka! Please check if his nose is blocked. As in that case children breathe from mouth but if child would suck from mouth, he will have difficulty breathing, So they avoid breastfeed. If that's the case,try clearing his nose with lukewarm water drops and a pinch of salt. Please test the temperature of water on yr hand first and then a put a drop in both nostrils . And mucus clogged should come out with a sneeze. U could try doing it before every feed. Don't put more than a drop in each nostril with a dropper or cotton. OR it could be because yr baby is comfortable in one position and mosyly taking milk from that breast , hence milk supply is more in that breast. And since other side is rarely being used so supply is less,therefore it is the less preferred side. U could express milk from the other breast, so that it continues to let down. the more u would feed,the more would be supply. don't force yr baby to feed from other side as in that case he would avoid having from both by associating it with something unpleasant . Rather express milk from other side and also offer this less preferred breast when he is fast asleep. U could also take help of a nurse or a doc to deal with this. Hope this helps!

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