The Cause Of A 9-month Baby Does Not Want To Breastfeed Apart From Direct Breast?
Hello, my ankle 9 months did not want to suckle using a pacifier, previously there was no problem but since 8 months I started not wanting to use a pacifier, but if suckling I immediately wanted … I already used a spoon, a straw still a baby refused … so I only gave breastmilk until morning, is it okay to grow and develop? And what is the reason for not wanting to breastfeed other than direct breastfeeding? thank you
Thank you for the question.
Feeding milk through a pacifier in the medical realm is actually not recommended for several reasons, such as triggering nipple confusion, prone to making babies choke, high risk of infection (especially if the pacifier is rarely cleaned or sterilized), and can also disrupt the structure of the gums, teeth, and jaws. Therefore, if your baby doesn't want to suckle through a pacifier, you really don't need to worry. Your baby may only want to suckle directly on your nipples because it feels more comfortable, the flow of milk is sufficient (not too heavy, not too slow), and close to you as his mother.
At the age of your baby who is still less than 1 year, in fact he still requires considerable nutrition from breast milk. Because, at this age most babies are still not very adept at eating varied types of food. So, if you only feed at night, even though at night this time the baby is more spent sleeping, naturally the intake of milk is not adequate.
However, if indeed you are unable to always breastfeed your baby directly, for example because of work, then this can be observed by the following steps:
Milking your milk every 2 hours, then save in the right way
Give ASI to children through other media, such as a pipette, spoon, cupfeeder, or straws --- at the beginning of the baby's introduction with this breastfeeding media, of course the baby will refuse, but slowly the baby will be more proficient because of the adaptation process, so don't break up hope ..
Also give your baby MPASI (complementary foods) which is balanced nutritional value 2 to 3 times a day
In between meals, you can give your baby a healthy and nutritious snack, for example cut fruit, non MSG cookies
Always take care of the baby's oral hygiene --- thrush or infection in the baby's mouth can make the baby feel uncomfortable when breastfeeding with other media, so only want to suckle directly from the mother's nipples
However, if with the above efforts you are still difficult to get around the condition of your baby, do not hesitate to check directly with your doctor or lactation counselor so that the best solution is provided, okay?
I hope this helps.