I breastfed my first born for 2 years and never experienced that kind reaction. I really felt more hurt when she stops crying whenever her father gets her or anybody else, then cries again when I try to take her again.
I wasn’t able to take the links for resources but I just typed in “baby suddenly refuses my breast milk”.
Here are some common reasons I found:
1 Hormonal changes
They say that baby may refuse your breast milk may taste a bit different when your about or when you currently have your period. I felt relieved somehow when I saw it because I guess I am one week delay which for me is normal but quite alarming because I don’t use any contraceptive at the moment.
However, as I read through the articles, I found out that it can also happen if you got preggy again. I was like “oh noooooooooo!!!!” So even I am about to be late at work I rushed to the pharmacy and bought a pregnancy test kit.
I might retake it next week if still no red days. Gosh I really hope it would be negative. I have medical conditions and I don’t know if it would be fine.
2 Bottle confusion
She takes expressed milk and sometimes formula and whenever I get home or before I go to work, I feed her directly to mine. That’s what I really love doing — feeding her directly from me.
So that’s our routine and I don’t think it can be a reason.
3 Environmental changes
Not sure if it can be a reason but no.
4 Overproduction of milk supply
Well it not new to me there was a time that my baby doesn’t take my right breast because of an overabundance of milk supply. But today she just refused it all from 4 am till 2 pm(which is when I left the house).
5 Ear infections or minor injuries (I guess that’s what we call Pilay)
I cleaned off her ears and the earrings of course but after that she was okay. But this can be a reason too.
Those are the common reasons I found from the web. Right now I guess I have to monitor it before bringing her to the doctor. I don’t really want to be panicky at the moment.
Should you take breast milk refusal seriously?
3:45 am — I just got home and she’s so happy to see me. Her body moved as if she was like the doggy in the window wagging her tail. I took her and hugged her so much as I really missed her. I cradled her and feed her directly with my breast milk and she took it happily. I guess the article I found earlier was right “do not take it personally”.
I feel sorry for my 50 peso challenge as I have used my 50 pesosesoses to buy the PT. I hope she’ll get engaged in taking my breast milk again.
Have you experienced this before? Hope you can share it with how. Cheers!
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