Do you have
an extremely fussy baby during breastfeeding? Here are some possible reasons why your baby is fussing at the breast, and how to deal with a fussy
Common Reasons for Fussiness during Breastfeeding
Your fussing baby may be experiencing a growth spurt. This usually happens between 7 to 10 days, 2 to 3 weeks, 4 to 6 weeks, or at 3 months, 4 months, 6 months and 9 months. Some babies have growth spurts at other times, too.
If Baby is fussing just as you begin to nurse, it may be due to a slow or
excessively fast milk let down reflex. This means that your baby is frustrated with the flow of your milk. A fast milk let down is predominantly a problem in the mornings when mothers have a faster flow of milk, and babies might struggle to keep up.
Is he/she fussier in the evenings? This is a normal occurrence and, for some reason,
most babies are fussier at this time. It could possibly be due to the fact that moms are busier in the evenings with meal preparation and attending to other members of the family, so they do not burp their babies as thoroughly as during the day.
Do you have a very fussy baby during certain times of the day? Try cutting out whatever food you think might be causing the fussiness
Most babies will start to suck stronger and more efficiently as time
goes by. A mother may think that her baby is fussy when, in actual fact, her baby
has had sufficient milk. During the first few weeks after birth, a baby may drink up
to 40 minutes per feeding but, as time goes by, he/she might only need 10 to
15 minutes at the breast.
Have you checked your little one's mouth for thrush?
If you have an oversupply of milk, allow your baby to drain one breast before
offering the other one. This ensures that your baby consumes the hind milk, which is fattier and more substantial than the foremilk. This will
keep him/her from fussing during breastfeeding and might even decrease colic symptoms.
Try giving your baby a nice warm bath and massage before feeding him/her. You could take the bath together, and try nursing your baby in the bath. The warm water should calm your baby. Read more about baby massage here.