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Hi all,<br><br>
I have a 2 months old daughter. I have started working 2 weeks ago. I am using an electric pump (Medela PIS) to pump during the day, and I nurse at night. Last two days, my daugther seems to be very unhappy when I try to nurse her. I know that she is hungry but she cries as soon as she sees my breast. If she actually starts sucking, she would soon open her mouth as if she is going to vomit. When my mom gives her bottle, she drinks with no problem. Do you think she prefers bottle to breast? What can I do to get her nurse again?<br><br>
If I can't get her take the breast, how long do you think I can keep my supply by just pumping?<br><br>
Thanks,<br><br>
Nicole.
 

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I think your baby has bottle preference. Something similar happened to us, although my baby gets bm from the breast 95% of the time and bm from a bottle 5% of the time. I think the best way to deal with this is giving baby the breast more often and more during the day and night. I work part-time, and sometimes when I work 2 evernings in a row, my baby will have that problem, this is why I try to keep my work schedule at no more than 2 days a week, for no more than 4 hours per evening,<br>
but I understand this is not possible sometimes, I don't know how it is in your case, but if you work full-time maybe you will have to pump and feed baby like that, if she will not take the breast? I know that if you have the possibility, eliminating the bottle for a week of so and juts giving her the breast only may help.<br>
if your only solution is to pump, I have met women that have pumped for 2 years and still have a good supply. good luck!<br><br>
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Here are some links that might help with your baby's nipple preference, also known as nipple confusion - but I don't like that name because it doesn't seem to be the right description.<br><br><a href="http://www.kjsl.net/~cee/confuse.htm" target="_blank">http://www.kjsl.net/%7Ecee/confuse.htm</a><br><br><a href="http://www.pamf.org/family/newborn/Nipple_Confusion.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.pamf.org/family/newborn/Nipple_Confusion.pdf</a><br><br><a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/T022400.asp" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/T022400.asp</a>
 

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Just wanted to give encouagement and tell you a successful pump story. My sister exclusivly pumped for both her dds and had so much extra that she ended up giving me about 5 GALLONS of EMB. We had babies 2 months apart and I had supply issues. With her first DD she stopped pumping but still gave her DD EBM for anouther 3 months.
 

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Are you using a slow flow nipple on the bottle? Like the Avent Newborn nipple (only has 1 hole)? If you use the faster flow nipples, it's more likely to cause bottle preference.<br><br>
She's still taking the breast so that's a good sign. Sounds like she might have been hungry and frustrated the boob wasn't working as fast as the bottle. Some pacifying and soothing may help to get her latched on. I've even tried walking around, cradling dd while latching her on (thankfully didn't take too long). If she's really fussy, you can try giving her a little supplement from the bottle to get her going then switch back to the breast - the idea being to just take the edge off her hunger so she'll calm down.<br><br>
If it gets worse, here's some good info:<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby/back-to-breast.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html</a>
 
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