Many infants may refuse to feed at some point, but it can be a source of worry for parents, especially if their babies are younger than 6 months old and exclusively breastfed. The good news is there are many tips and tricks that can help mitigate breast refusal, put parents' minds at ease and get babies feeding again.
Why does breast refusal happen?
Breast refusal is sometimes referred to as a "nursing strike" and can last anywhere from one feeding to a few days in some circumstances. It can happen while a baby is still learning to breastfeed and may be caused by them struggling to latch effectively. Premature babies can sometimes take longer to get the hang of breastfeeding effectively. In these cases, working with a midwife or lactation consultant may help.
"Difficulties with the latch are extremely common," said Rebekah Diamond, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia University in New York City and author of "Parent Like a Pediatrician."
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