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Refusing the breast by baby is very frustrating. In newborns, it is quite common, and many times a tired and sleepy baby may have had too much of mom's medication before birth. Refusing the breast may be a side effect. To wake baby, try uncovering, changing the diaper, and washing baby's face with a wet washcloth. The last one works well if you are a little vigorous about it. Apply the wet cloth to baby's body but don't let him get cold. Try burping again in case he just feels full and it is really only air.
If baby is really stubborn, here are some things to try:
Fussiness and crying are also very trying. Many times baby is trying to grasp the nipple but these things interfere:
Sore nipples can be relieved fairly quickly if caught early. Check to see if you have done the following:
Engorgement is uncomfortable for the first time mom. This is normal in the first few days after delivery. The baby's nursing will relieve it. If this is not happening, wake baby up every 2 hours and nurse on both sides. You can also use pumping, warm wet towels or standing in the shower with the warm water flowing over the breasts. A crazy sounding tip from Australian midwives also works. Gently tuck a couple of green cabbage leaves in your bra for 2 hours. Don't leave them in for too long as they can really diminish a milk supply. I know, you don't believe me, but it works like a charm; lumpy, but effective.
Cesarean Section delivery does not eliminate breast-feeding but may slow everything down when mom has special needs and medications. Everybody needs to have patience and persistence until baby and mom are awake and nursing well. If mom follows the above suggestions for establishing the milk and uses lots of pillows for comfort and protection, post-cesarean section breast-feeding should not be hindered. Remember to rest more than usual, as this is major surgery. Incisions will heal quickly but the whole body stays tired for a long while. In other words, stay in your nightgown to remind others of this fact.
Mom or others are sick and everyone wants to protect the baby. Mother Nature has built in protection for the breast-feeding infant. The baby is getting immunities from mom.
Too much or too little milk probably is a symptom of adjusting to the changing needs of baby such as growth spurts or slowed growing. This is assuming, of course, that no formula or baby food has been started. If you are overproducing and uncomfortable, check to see that you are not over feeding baby by letting him use you as a human pacifier. Try nursing on just one side at a time, or using the pacifier. It may be that baby needs more sucking than he needs the extra milk. If you are worried about under producing milk, then wake up baby and nurse 20 min. on each side, every two hours for 24 hours. Drink your fluids and eat and rest and you should have much more milk the next day.
Going back to work or school takes some prior planning. Most moms who chose to continue to breastfeed full time are able to do so if they can find the time and private place to pump their milk every 4 hours while at work. There is really no need to wean at this time and especially not abruptly. It has been reported that some babies will flip their days and sleep while mom is away and then nurse more at night. Many moms take their babies to class and nurse quietly without anyone knowing. Breast fed babies are usually very contented babies and welcome in the classroom and sometimes at work too, especially at this early age when they are so cute, little and quiet. If yours isn't, well, there's always the baby-sitter route. Get some aid from your local La Leche League or organized support group for methods of making it easier to breast-feed and go to work too.
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Breast Feeding Common Problems