This happens with all babies at some point, so try not to worry!
What are the symptoms?
What are the causes?
- Illness, tiredness, lack of hunger
- 'Nipple confusion' after being offered a bottle teat, dummy or a nipple shield
- An uncomfortable breastfeeding experience, such as having their head 'pushed on' to encourage feeding
- Your baby may be too full already, from formula milk, water, other fluids, or in the case of an older baby, solid foods
- Teething or thrush in the mouth, which can both make feeding uncomfortable for babies
- Drugs or alcohol in your breast milk may have affected the taste
- Your smell and taste: babies may refuse the breast if you smell or taste differently for some reason, for example if you use a cream for sore nipples or a different perfume
- Your period: some mums notice that their babies refuse the breast for a day or so before menstruating – it seems to change the taste of breast milk