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<p>Please help!  This is the 3rd baby I've nursed.  The only other nursing strike I dealt with was a one-side refusal that lasted about 8 hours or so with DD when she was 7 or 8 months old.  She nursed on the other side fine, and by evening she had a new tooth poking through her gum on the side of her face she had to lay on to nurse the side she was refusing--after that she was fine!</p>
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<p>I have heard a lot of stories like hers.</p>
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<p>I have no clue why my one month old might be refusing.  It started last night in the middle of the night.  We co-sleep, and we turned over so I could give him the right side....and he just flat out refused.  He's a *huge* comfort nurser, boobs solve *every* problem around here for the most part, and he's *never* refused an opportunity to nurse if it's been any length of time since he last nursed.</p>
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<p>Well, he has to lay on his left side to nurse off my right, of course.  And he has a colostomy on his left side--he was born with low imperforate anus.  So DH and I considered the possibility that something might be wrong with that.  We talked to the doctor and followed instructions to take him in, where we were informed after a typical exam that the doctor could not see anything physically wrong with him at that time, but of course we can bring him back if we continue to think there is a problem.</p>
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<p>He really didn't nurse much off the other side either until about 2 hours after the refusal started--then he took a good nursing on my left side.</p>
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<p>Fast forward to today, he's nursing not at all on the right and somewhat on the left.</p>
<p>I have talked to a LC, who has told me that it's not a critical situation to her yet and to continue to offer, get milk on the nipple, and that I can drip sugar water on the nipple if I want to, in order to encourage him.  She told me to call back about 2 hours from right now and let her know how it's going (3 hours from when I talked to her)</p>
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<p>He is currently asleep after a half-hearted left side nursing.  He looks fine and his cry is normal.  (He was born at home, and his birth defect caused him to be unable to pass much meconium, which made him not at all interested in eating at first.  I supplemented breastmilk with a dropper, but he was definently dehydrated when we got him in at the pediatrician, which is why I insisted on coming in with him immediately the morning after he was born.  I've seen him look and act dehydrated, and so far, he looks fine.</p>
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<p>If anyone has any insight at all on why he might be refusing to nurse, I'm open to ideas because I don't have a clue!  Also is this worth a call to his ped?  Their office will say they would like to see him no matter what.</p>
 

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<p>reflux, food allergies, ear infection.. just off the top of my head</p>
 

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<p>Have you eaten anything with a strong/pungent flavor?  That can make your milk taste icky.  <span><img alt="hug2.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/hug2.gif"> I hope things get better asap</span></p>
 
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