3 month old - Comfort Sucking/Fussing/Overeating?
by Trish Black
Your site is really great! Question: My son is 3 months old and going through a growth spurt so he is definitely nursing more often. However, even before this he was a comfort nurser.
Sometime I get stuck with him wanting to comfort suck in his sleep! As soon as I pull out the breast, he starts routing very actively for it.
If I don't give in, he wakes up and I have to start all over again. I am feeding on demand, but I try to separate eating from sleeping time now, which doesn't always line up.
In the past, whenever he was comfort sucking, and there was a letdown, he would get fussy and constantly latch and re-latch. This to me was an indicator that he was not actually hungry and just wanted some momma love in the form of nursing.
Trouble is, I have a very active letdown and what I think is a lot of milk. He can finish eating in 15 minutes or less and be totally content for a while. I have to lie down to nurse and sometimes let some foremilk run into a washcloth.
Sometimes, it seems he gives in and, though not hungry, just drinks when the letdown comes - IS it possible to overeat while comfort sucking. He doesn't spit up often - occasionally if he's very active after eating.
How can coincide eating with waking up so I don't have to feed him to bed?