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Breast refusal

It is not always easy to understand why your baby suddenly starts to refuse the breast or why your baby has never latched at the breast.

There are a number of possibilities such as:

  • Difficult delivery
  • Medications used in labour making baby sleepy
  • They may be in pain due to tummy ache, an illness or possibly oral thrush
  • Overabundant milk supply where baby struggles to cope with the flow of milk
  • Stress
  • A major change in routine
  • Mum and baby have been separated for a period of time.

When a has baby that has been breastfeeding well and suddenly stops is called a ‘Nursing strike’. This can often last 2-4 days but sometimes it can be longer.


What you can do to help

Infant feeding breast refusal

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Who can help?

If you’re worried about your child, a health professional in our team will be able to offer advice and support. You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation. **Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm excluding bank holidays**

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