Why is my baby now unwilling to breastfeed?
Sometimes babies who have been breastfeeding normally suddenly refuse to latch or they take a few sucks and then stop but remain hungry. This is known as a “breastfeeding or nursing strike”. It may happen if the baby has been scared by a loud noise while breastfeeding or if the mother has jumped involuntarily because the baby bit her. Breastfeeding reluctance also results in a baby who is unwilling to breastfeed but happens more gradually. Both breastfeeding strikes and breast reluctance may happen if the mother has a low or reduced milk supply, if the baby is frequently supplemented, or if there is frequent or extended separation from the mother.