Almost 8 Months Refuses to Nurse
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|Sat, 08-01-2009 - 1:02pm|
I need help!
My son was tongue-tied up until he was 4.5 months old when we figured it out and got it corrected by his pediatrician. Until then he would nurse some with a nipple shield (75% of the time) and we supplemented with BM in a bottle. Every since his tongue was fixed, he adamently refuses to nurse with or without shield. He kicks, smacks, pushes me away and screams. One time, I got him to calm down enough to nurse and he did it without a shield. I don't even know what I did to get him to calm. Right now, I am exclusively pumping, but I would love for him to nurse. I know that part or all of his problem is nipple confusion. What can I do to try to get him to nurse again? I have been trying about 1-2 times a week and we spend some time with me half naked. So far, he just likes to squeeze, pinch, and one time he bit me with his brand new teeth, but no nursing. I have tried nursing him in a cradle hold position and with him just sitting up in my lap facing me. He has never had formula and I have always had a very good supply. Someone please tell me that there is hope that he will nurse again ;)
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!