breastfeeding problems at night

I have a month old baby strugling to properly breastfeed at night.

During the day he mostly feed without putting up a fight even though he then also tend to constantly unlatch throughout feeds but at least then he isn't constantly crying.

My problem is that at around 12 at night when he wakes to feed,he will unlatch after about 2 sucks,throw back his head and cry.

He keeps on doing this,refuse to be winded,refuse to properly latch and drink without gulping.

During the day I don't seem to have this problem even though he is at his most awake at night when he is so fussy and difficult. I don't have an idea as to what the problem is or how to remedy it.

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May 22, 2012
a few reasons
by: Tracy

Hi fellow mommy! ;-)

There are many reasons why your baby might be so fussy at night, here are just a few…

1. Are your breasts really full when he tries to breastfeed at night? When your breasts are full, baby might be struggling to cope with the
flow of your milk. You can try expressing some milk with a pump before you let him latch on. (I know, you might have to sit and do this while baby is crying, but I’m sure he’ll fall asleep again quickly when he starts drinking) You could also as an alternative to this, pump milk during the day for night feedings. Have you introduced a bottle to baby yet?

2. Is your baby drinking too much watery foremilk and not enough hindmilk? Hindmilk is the fattier milk at the back of your breasts. This is especially true for moms who have an
oversupply of breast milk. You can also pump a little milk before the feeding, so that baby gets more hindmilk, which is also more filling (helps baby sleep longer stretches at a time.) Too much foremilk causes gas and colic pains. Read more on foremilk hindmilk imbalance here.

3. Your baby could just be going through a normal growth spurt…read more on how to
handle growth spurts.

4. Many moms find that their breast milk supply is much lower in the evenings. But since you said your baby is gulping down the milk, I don’t think this is your problem.

5. Do you eat something different just before you go to bed at night? Your baby might be affected by something you take in at night, through your breast milk. (this is a less common reason though)

Hope this helps

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