I have a 9 day old who woke up today and decided he won't nurse. He has been great up until this point, admittedly a short amount of time, but really have had very little trouble getting him to latch on and eat. He is crying and trying to eat his hands as if he's starving but will only latchon for a few seconds and then lets go or pushes away and starts crying again. His stomach seemed a little distended so I thought maybe he was just having gas pains and that was making him not want to eat, but he will take milk from the bottle I gave him in desperation. I am new to this so am probably overreacting, but I am freaked out by this drastic change. Any thoughts or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Also, maybe you have too much of a let down and he doesn't like so much milk or maybe he is so hungry he can't wait for let down to happen.
Be sure to put him to the breast before he is upset hungry- look for the little signs that indicate hunger - if he is crying it is already "too late" and he will have a hard time being patient to suckle to make let down happen.
So, put him to the breast before he is so hungry he cries - call the hospitol to see if they have a lactation consultant you can consult. I consulted them a few times and it was very helpful. A word of comfort, I hope - I found the first 6 weeks hard, almost wanted to give up - then it got easier. At 3 months it got great - and at 20 months we are still going strong - and having lots of fun and great bonding time when I get home from work. So, I hope you are able to stick with it - best of luck, get help from a lactation consultant, Le Leche League leader, or other knowledgeble person.
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exactly what newmom wrote.