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Hello! Question for all of you.....DD is 8 1/2 months old. She never latched on....I've been pumping and feeding since she was born. I'm happy to do that and will continue to do that, but would love it if she would latch on. I've kind of tried a couple of times, but DD seems to have an aversion to my breast. I'm wondering if she can remember all the times we tried to get her to nurse and doesn't want to have anything to do with it. When she was a newborn she would scream and arch and carry on and never got anywhere near what I would consider a latch on. Do you think there is any hope for ever nursing her....any thoughts?<br>
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You are one dedicated mama! Way to go for pumping....I had to do that for the first couple of months, so I know how hard it is.<br><br>
These are just some ideas I have...do you bottle feed her in the nursing position still? I'm wondering if having lots of skin to skin contact (both of you topless) while you bottle feed her, then maybe dripping some of your expressed milk on your nipple or using a SNS/Lact-aid would work? Gradually get her used to the idea that milk comes from the breast? Maybe try a nipple shield so that it's more like the bottle but she's still at the breast? Whatever you try, igo slowly and gently, even playfully. Take baths with her, spend lots of time with your breasts out where she can see them and feel them.<br><br>
Does she still arch and scream if you hold her to your naked breast? Was she ever diagnosed with anything that might have caused the failure to latch?
 

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She doesn't scream and arch...but she fusses and pushes it away from her.<br><br>
as far as being diagnosed with something...she wouldn't extend her tongue for the whole first month of her life...she hardly did anything with it...she was even difficult to bottle feed for a week or so, she was so lazy with her tongue. The lactation consultant said that that coupled with a very high palate and a recessed chin were kind of making it extemely difficult to be successful at nursing. Add to that....the L&D nurse insisted on giving her a bottle right away when she wouldn't nurse ( no medical reason, jsut because) so she had a nipple right away...so for a difficult nurser that probably ruined things.
 

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Good on you for pumping this long. Your babe is lucky to have such a dedicated mom!<br><br>
It took my dd 16 weeks to nurse exclusively. She had a high arch to her palate, small mouth.. it was a problem she eventually grew out of. I was lucky I suppose, I had lots of people telling me that she'd eventually grow out of it. But it was tough because by the time she'd grown out of it and could nurse well enough, we had to overcome bottle preference issues also. I'm sure it can be done, just don't know how difficult it could be with an older baby. It may be she's outgrown the physical constraints that prevented her latching on in the past.<br><br>
I don't know if she has an 'aversion' to your breast, although it sure 'felt' like that to me also. My dd arched, screamed, fussed.... and BTW she was later found to have silent reflux. It's more like she doesn't know what to do with your breast. I'd try Jane suggestions. Also it's sometimes easier to get babies to latch on in their sleep, when they're more relaxed.<br><br>
I wonder also if your baby was tongue tied at the start? Tongue tie can prevent the a baby protruding their tongue.
 
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