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
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 at other times, too.
- 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 Baby 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
- Have you started your baby on solids recently? Tummy cramps may be a result of introduction of solids.
Most babies will start to suck stronger and more efficiently as time
goes by. Mom may think that Baby is fussy when, in actual fact, Baby
has already had enough milk. During the first few weeks, babies can drink up
to 40 minutes per feeding but, as time goes by, a baby 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 fore milk. This will
keep him/her from fussing during breastfeeding and decreases colic symptoms.