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My 10 week old baby girl has started to refuse the breast in the afternoons and evenings. She is obviously hungry, trying to chew/suck on anything she can find except her dummy or my breast. She is just screaming at the breast, and won't close her mouth around the nipple, let alone start to suck. The only way I can calm her screaming is to give her some expressed milk in a bottle. She takes the bottle immediately it is offered. So far I have been lucky in that I have had some stored milk to give her, but this is running out, and I have not been able to express enough to replace what she is taking from the bottle.

She has been diagnosed with reflux, and had been on mylanta, though with decreasing effectiveness, so has just been switched to gaviscon.

I have spoken to the child health nurse, and all she could say was to just keep trying.

I am wanting to keep breastfeeding, but can't cope with the hours of screaming when she won't attach. I am worried about introducing a supplementary formula feed, as my eldest refused to take anything from a bottle after I had put formula rather than expressed milk into it.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

mum to 2 girls

Try contacting the La Leche League. I didn't need to contact them myself, but have heard nothing but good things about them. They are a group of mothers who are very knowledgable about breastfeeding. I would expect you would find their number in the phone book, or your child health nurse should know.

best of luck

Rachelle, NZ, son George 10.12.02, Ian 15.06.04

My 11 week old girl had a similar problem when younger (she also has reflux and I'm trying her out without Zantac-wish me luck!), although not as often as you've described. The times she refused a feed I would try to "feed uphill" (ie., lay back and allow her to lay on me and feed). Unfortunately I can't think of anything else as she now feeds a lot better. All I can do is encourage you to keep breastfeeding - they say it's the best thing for reflux babies. Also-IT WON'T LAST FOREVER!

Angela, NSW

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