fussiness during breastfeeding

by Rachel
(Traverse City, MI)

sittin' on the potty - 3 months

sittin' on the potty - 3 months

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!

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May 17, 2011
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Too cute
by: Tracy

That is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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3 month old - Comfort Sucking/Fussing/Overeating?

by Trish Black
(Ontario, Cmaliceanada)

Hi Tracy,

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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Oct 17, 2012
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comfort feeding and overfeeding
by: anon

Hi Trish

you are doing great! You are making sure that both baby's emotional and nutritional needs are met.

If comfort feeding gets too much, you could try the following...

Do you have a partner that can do some night shifts with baby? your partner can sleep with baby in another room, so that baby doesn't smell you. Whenever baby wakes and cries for you, you can breastfeed him and then leave the room. your partner can then take over the role of comfort by just holding or patting baby to sleep. This can get baby accustomed to falling asleep straight after a feed. it might take a few nights and it might be a little difficult for you to hear him crying.

You cannot overfeed a breastfed baby. Your baby sounds to me as if he is doing just fine. Remember that breastfed babies overall, do pick up more weight than formula fed babies.




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overfeed a breastfed baby
by: Zoë Turner

Health visitors here (UK) keep saying you can never overfeed a breastfed baby and they rarely have concerns if a baby is large if he/she is solely breastfed. My baby likes to comfort suckle and wakes a lot in the night but I'm happy with this as it's also a good catch up time for the missed day feeds when there has been too much distraction for the baby during the day.

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suck to pacify and suck to feed
by: Jaclyn Pawlowski Love

If he's not spitting up I would think he's not overheating. I think they know how to suck to pacify and suck to feed. Maybe he was fussy b/c he needed a burp? That's what my guy tends to do. I have a good supply as well. Maybe he tends to be a snacker? Good luck!

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Other teason for fussiness during breastfeeding

by Afia

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.

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fussed and cried after eating

by Lisa

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.

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fussiness in baby

by Marie
(Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

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.

THANK YOU!!!!

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shrink baby's stomach

A mother wants to limit breast milk to 3 ounces every four hours to shrink the baby's stomach.

Then, the baby will sleep through the night because of not needing as much breast milk. Also states that babies do not need as much breast milk as formula.

The baby is six months old. Has anyone experienced this shrinking of the stomach?

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Sep 07, 2012
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start solids
by: Tracy

Her baby (who is at the right age ~ 6 months) needs to start eating solids, introduction to solids will help baby sleep through at night.

Start with some rice cereals and soft fruits. Read more on introducing solids here.

If she starts to feed baby less breast milk during the day, baby will wake up even more at night to make up for the decrease in amount of sustenance.

Yes, babies do not need as much breast milk as formula. Breast milk is extremely dense and much more nutritional, but formula keeps a baby fuller longer because it is not digested as easily as breast milk.

Increasing the amount baby eats during the day will help baby feel more satisfied and baby will start sleeping through. She can start to wean baby from night time feedings though.
Some tips on how to do this...

- She can try breastfeeding baby just before bed time, this will give a longer stretch of sleep.
- Make sure baby drinks enough during the day.
- Make sure baby gets the "hind milk" which is the milk at the back of the breast's milk producing cells (alveoli); let baby drink on one side only with each breast feeding session. Pump the other side if you have to.
- Giving extra love and affection during the day, which will help baby sleep during the night; baby wont try to make up for loss of affection during the day.

Hope this helps


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Hungry but not crying?

by Nic
(Sydney, nsw, australia)

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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Mar 27, 2014
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Response to hungry but not crying
by: Anonymous

My 4 month old does the same thing. He moves around a lot and makes little noises but he doesn't cry. I still get up and feed him if its been a few hours since he ate. Normally the feeding doesn't last more then ten minutes at night. I honestly think he doesn't cry because I never allowed him to cry during the night. I tend to wake easily.

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milk spilting

by farooq
(uae)

my baby is one month and 21 days and he spilt up often after breastfeeding. can u please advise me

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Interpreting baby language!

Check out Dunstan Baby Language... it's a breakthrough which has changed my life because I now know exactly that when my baby says "neh", she's hungry! check out more words emitted by babies for different needs!

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Am and pm milk is different

What scientific information do you have that a. m. and p. m. milk is different? This is the only place on have read this. Thanks.

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References and scientific information
by: Tracy

References and scientific information regarding the differences in breast milk during the day.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19178785

http://anthrodoula.blogspot.co.za/2010/05/how-breast-milk-changes.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/6255205/Why-breast-milk-helps-babies-sleep-at-night.html


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12117425?dopt=Abstract

http://www.seeker.com/breast-milk-changes-throughout-the-day-1764727379.html

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sucks milk only from the left breast

my baby sucks milk only from the left breast but refuses to suck from right breast... why does this happen and how can i teach him to suck from both sides???

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Breast refusal
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD (CBI)

Hi

When baby only refuses one breast, it can indicate one or more of the following:

• An ear infection

• Congestion of baby’s nose.

• Injury that occurred at birth or any other ordeal.

• Flat or inverted nipple on just one breast.

• If you put baby on one breast more often than the other, it can cause one to produce more. This can cause baby to prefer one breast over the other.

• In very rare cases, it has been found that a baby may refuse a breast that is later found to be cancerous. If you have tried fixing the problem with no results and are concerned about this, you can go for ultrasound or mammography, which does not have to interfere with breastfeeding.

Tips for one sided breast refusal:

• Try different breastfeeding positions. For example: If baby is refusing to breastfeed from the left side breast, you could breastfeed in a football hold on the left side or in a more upright position.

• Soften the rejected breast by pumping before breastfeeding.

• Use breast compressions while trying to breastfeed, this will help the milk flow faster and.

As a last resort, you should know that it is possible to continue feeding baby from only one breast. (I myself have done this now for over 15 months.)

Refusing one breast


Feb 03, 2015
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by: Rake

Well, I think there is nothing much serious to be concerned about on this matter. Try him to have milk from both the breasts. Or it may be because of some irritations he feels when he is made to suck milk from the left side.


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Reverse cycling..but what about the accumulated expressed breastmilk?

by Ris Que
(Malaysia)

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! :)

Ris

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Hi Ris
by: Anonymous

Hi!

Congrats on breastfeeding for so long already!

It seems like your little girl is drinking mostly for the comfort and closeness that she finds when she is near you...because she doesn't see you during the day. This is normal, many babies start doing this when mom works and they often take in all the milk they need during those few hours that they do breastfeed.

You don't need to worry about her milk intake, once baby is over 12 months and eating well you can start giving her whole cow milk during the day, but I don't think it's necessary to give formula.

Have you tried making breast milk lollies? They are called momsicles...here is a great link on how to make them

http://www.mother-2-mother.com/momsicles.htm

Also have you thought of donating your extra breast milk? There are many moms out there who cannot produce their own breast milk! You could be helping another baby, which is really awesome.

Good luck! ;-)


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get up after breastfeeding without waking baby

by Kristen
(United States)

Having problems getting up after breastfeeding my 10 month old to sleep in bed. Any suggestions?

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Jun 18, 2012
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Trial and error
by: Tracy

Ha ha! This is a great question!

My little girl is now turning 1 on the 20th and I'm still struggling with this. Sometimes I get it right, other times it doesn't go as well.

I'm guessing your little one wakes up when you try to leave, do you at least get it right to unlatch?

Sometimes the best thing to do is to just take the extra needed rest and sleep!

Jun 19, 2012
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Hard time getting up
by: Kristen

She wakes both when getting up and unlatching unless I lay there for awhile till she's out cold. Husband is craving time with me and need to be there for him so any ideas I can get is much appreciated :)

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taught my son to fall asleep without me
by: Elsabe

When I taught my son to fall asleep without me, I gradually got him used to the idea by taking off the shirt I wore that day and putting it over or next to him. That way he could still smell me and that seemed to comfort him.

You could also try using a boppy pillow (or any other pillow if you don't have one) to put behind her back. Do it while breastfeeding and then gently move away when she's asleep. She'll still feel that comforting pressure and have your smell from your shirt.

It takes practice and time, but if you keep doing it every night you'll find it gets better and better. It worked for me, hope it does for you. Good luck!

(PS And Hubby surely won't mind you coming out of the room topless hehe! ;o) So it's win-win for all. )

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Check out this Support Group (breastfeeding problems)

by Katy

Try joining this group: plenty of similarly affected mums to relate to:
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/mobi/

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Baltic teething necklace

by jane


Only Baltic teething necklace. I recommend www.latvianamberstore.com they sell 100% real Baltic amber from Baltic region. Price just about 9$ - $15.
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