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My baby is 2 months old now. Since the first day, she doesn’t feed directly from my breast but she drinks my breast milk through the bottle. I’ve tried hard to breastfeed her directly but she refuses. Luckily, my breast milk still flows until now even though I just pump it daily every 3 to 4 hours. I’m afraid that It will reduce when I start work next week.

How do I teach my baby to directly breast feed? My other children are not like this. I’m so worried .

Please advice.

Asked by Noorrisma - Posted 6 years, 2 months, 2 weeks, 5 days, 16 hours, 44 minutes ago.

Dear Noorrisma

Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl, and well done Mommy for providing 100% of your breast milk to your baby, even though she has not been Direct Latching.

Direct feeding your baby is of course the most ideal. But since that was not possible (for whatever reasons), the 2nd best option, according to WHO is providing baby with Mommy’s expressed breast milk.

Is it still possible to get your baby to feed directly from your breast? Honestly, chances are slim, but not unheard of. You can keep trying to offer baby your breast, just try to entice her to suck, but do not force her.

Meanwhile, as you are going to be back to work, you need to work on storing enough milk for baby. If you continue to pump consistently (every 3 - 4 hourly), your supply should remain good. Midnight (around 3am) pumping is important as it would increase the production of the hormone prolactin, thus help increase milk production. You could also try taking some milk booster supplements like fenugreek. Eat well and drink plenty of fluids.

Hope this helps. And if you need further clarification, you could always email me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Gina Yong
Breastfeeding Consultant, Holistic Wellness and Fitness Coach
Specialty : Breastfeeding Support

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