Baby Fusses At Breast Feeding Times
Do you have an extremely fussy baby during breastfeeding? Here are some ideas on why your baby is fussing at the breast and how to deal with a fussy baby…
Some common reasons for fussiness during breastfeeding
- Your fussing baby could be going through 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 on other times too…read more about growth spurts in the breastfed baby.
- A fussy breastfed baby is sometimes just distracted. Have you ever thought of using something like a nursing necklace…this can keep him concentrating on one spot while he is breastfeeding. Read more on this here.
- Try to figure out when baby is fussing while breastfeeding. Is it usually just as you begin to nurse? This might be the cause of a slow or excessively fast milk let down reflex. Which either means baby is frustrated because the flow of milk is too slow or too fast. Read more on how to rectify a fast or slow let down.
A fast milk let down is usually a problem in the mornings…as mom has
a faster flow then and baby will struggle to keep up with the abundance
of milk flowing into his mouth.
- If you think baby is frustrated with a slow milk flow you can try using breast compressions
- Is baby fussy after feeding? Maybe he needs to be burped more often. Extra trapped air inside baby’s tummy can become very painful. Try different burping positions.
- Is he fussier in the evenings? This is a normal occurrence, most babies are fussier in the evenings for some reason. Try especially cutting out on things that contain caffeine to prevent some fussiness.
- Do you have a very fussy baby during certain times of the day? If you always eat a certain food…it could be what’s causing the fussy behavior. Try cutting out whatever food you think might be causing the fussiness while breastfeeding. Read more on food sensitivities here.
- Does he only fuss on one breast? or is baby refusing one breast? This is a sign of a difference in either the flow of milk, quantity of milk, shape of breast or nipple or other things…read more on how to deal with a teething baby
- Have you started your baby on solids recently? baby fusses at breast while
breastfeeding because of some tummy cramps…baby’s tummy is still trying to get used to solid foods
- Most babies will start to suck stronger and more efficiently as time goes by, sometimes mom may think baby is fussy when in actual fact baby has already had enough milk. In the first few weeks babies can drink up to 40 minutes every time, but as time goes by baby might only need 10 to 15 minutes at the breast.
- Is baby refusing to breastfeed? Read more on breast refusal here.
- Have you checked baby’s mouth for thrush? Read more on signs and help for oral thrush in the breastfed baby.
- Does baby spit up often? He might be suffering from acid reflux… See Reflux in the breastfed baby for more onfo.
- Does baby just want to suck all the time? Maybe baby is interested in comfort sucking and gets frustrated when the milk starts coming in. If this is the case you can use a pacifier.
- Try feeding baby earlier, sometimes babies may become fussy at the breast if they are over hungry.
- Have you been giving baby an artificial nipple often? Baby's fussiness could be because of nipple confusion.
Other tips that might help with soothing fussy babies.
- Always let baby finish one breast before offering the other one. This ensures that baby consumes the hind milk (which is fattier and more substantial than the fore milk) This will keep him from fussing during breastfeeding and having colic symptoms. Read more on Foremilk and hindmilk imbalance.
- Swaddle baby for breastfeeding. This will usually calm a fussy baby.
- Breastfeed baby in a sling. This helps for warmth and comfort. Some fussy babies like being walked around or swayed while nursing.
- Try giving baby a nice warm bath and massage before feeding him (for fussy evening nursing) Read more on baby massage here. You could even take the bath together and try nursing baby in the bath.
- Other things that can help if baby is arching his back, crying or making fists: Tummy massage, baby bends, special simethicone drops or glycerin suppositories.
Other pages on “breastfeeding problems” in connection with “ baby fusses at breast “
- Breastfeeding diet guidelines
- Baby refuses one breast
- Reasons why babies cry
- How to calm a baby for breastfeeding
- Breastfeeding fussing caused by colic
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