Babies who don’t like breastfeeding?!

16 February 2010 at 8:37 am 1 comment

Recently I encountered two women–one a friend of a friend through church, and one a colleague–who told me, somewhat sadly, that they had stopped breastfeeding completely when their little ones were just 6-9 months old. Both of them had been pressured into supplementing with formula from early points–one in the hospital, because she was told her baby was “still hungry” after nursing (eye-roll); and the other at two months, because she’d never gotten any support breastfeeding before that and at that point someone finally noticed the baby had a poor latch, was getting almost nothing, had lost weight, and had allowed the mother’s supply to truly diminish. So, one got poor advice, and one got no advice, but ultimately both used bottles to supplement, and both experienced a pronounced case of nipple confusion in their babies.

What got me, really, was that both women separately said that they weren’t unhappy, really, about weaning completely–it was for the  best, they said, because “she [the baby] just didn’t like breastfeeding.” That’s the tragedy, as I see it–that these women didn’t see that their babies’ nipple preferences were caused by the bottle, not a problem solved by the bottle.

Left alone, babies like breastfeeding–that shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.



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  • 1. Cave Mother  |  16 February 2010 at 11:41 am

    No it shouldn’t be a surprise. But it’s amazing how many people think that “Some babies just don’t take to breastfeeding”. Formula companies have done a good job of making us suspicious of our own bodies!


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