There are times when my daughter gets extremely agitated while at the breast... and I've found that it is because she has to pee! Apparently she can't/won't do both at once (which is fine with me because if I'm breastfeeding with her semi-undressed I'd rather not worry about being peed on). Simple solution: I hold her in a squat position over a little potty or a cloth diaper; say, "Psst!" a few times; and let her latch on again when she's done. Problem solved!
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?
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I realized that my four weeks old baby girl sometimes gets extremely frustrated at the breast because she either needs to burp, pass gas or poop. She calms down immediately after doing any of these. I guess gas does really make them uncomfortable.
My baby (5 weeks) often fussed and cried after eating, I found out that if I walked around with him upright he calmed down, effective but tiring.
Then it occurred to me that I often had him laying on his belly on my chest after feeding, maybe his belly hurt, so I tried him on his back propped slightly up on a pillow and viola!
He stopped crying and fell right asleep. Worth a try since it's so easy. A volunteer from La Leche League international said that limiting feedings was a bad idea, baby should be fed whenever he shows signs of hunger, no matter how often, eating between every 1-3hrs is normal if breastfeeding.
Thank you so much. I now realise that my overactive let down is likely a huge part for my 6 week old being so fussy. The tips I have learned on these pages will be used on my next feeding. Maybe I will be able to sleep overnight tonight.
My 11week old when asleep at night goes through periods where he sucks loudly his hands & moves his legs and arms around a lot but doesn't open his eyes.
I have been getting him and feeding him thinking he's hungry and he sucks for 7 minutes and then stills so I put him back in the cot asleep. Last night I left him sucking & moving and he never cried and was happy in morning.
Is he hungry or not? Should I leave him or not?
Would he eventually cry if he really was hungry?
He's an exceptionally happy easy baby and never really cries except when I put him to sleep - and I usually offer him the breast at this point and he always sucks for 20 min or so then sleeps. He is also sleeping in his cot in our room.
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Reverse cycling..but what about the accumulated expressed breastmilk?
by Ris Que
I am still breastfeeding my 13 month old daughter. But lately for the last couple of months, her milk intake during the day i.e when I am at work, is very low. She basically refuses to take it (it's expressed breast milk, by the way)! When I come home from work, the first thing she does is sign milk so I breastfeed her once I get home. And it would be frequent feeding after that, every 15 to 20mins or so, while she plays. She still wakes up 2 to 3 times at night for feeds.
Don't get me wrong, I love doing it and am very happy she still wants to breastfeed but I am worried about her milk intake. She eats solids and takes water just fine though. But she is still a child and needs milk to grow!
We've tried giving it in a cup but haven't had much success with that. We've tried adding the expressed milk in her food and that helps a bit. I have accumulated my milk in the freezer and so far, it hasn't gone beyond the 'expiry date'. I'd hate to see this white gold go to waste..
Somebody suggested that I try giving her formula milk during the daytime but continue breastfeeding when I am not working / after work. This is probably being selfish on my part but why should I give her something else when I know I can give her the best stuff??
I know this is reverse cycling but not even wanting the same milk during daytime - is that really normal?
I am a first time mom so any tips and advice would be great! :)
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