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: Zoƫ 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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