Breastfeeding Fussy Baby

by Portia
(U.S.A)

Burping my baby made him fuss and try to latch again. I pulled him off again because I feed him for 10 minutes every 10 minutes. This is a good solution, but baby gets fussy and tries to relatch when I unlatch him and will fuss and cry.

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super fussy baby/slimy soupy poop

by Angela
(WV)

My little one has had slimy soupy poop for over two weeks now.

When it first started it was right after he got an oral vaccine at the Dr.’s so I thought that might be the cause. Then no poops for a few days, but a super fussy baby, TONS of gas.

Then another one but we had started probiotics for colic and I thought maybe that was it.

Nothing for a few more days. Then back to the Dr. for a shot, and lots of Tylenol, more mess, I guessed the Tylenol. Then nothing and now again today, it’s back.

He also has gas like crazy. Poor baby cries and cries like when he has colic, but off and on all day now. His tummy gets so tight and he pulls his legs up and cries. I’m thinking maybe there is a different cause here.

A friend mentioned foremilk/hindmilk imbalance? I used to feed on one side and then switch the next feeding. Lately, the past 2-3 weeks, he will only nurse on the one side till the milk flow slows down then he pulls off, or pushes away, shakes his head back and forth with his mouth open, arches his back and starts to cry.

I KNOW he’s still hungry, but no matter how many times I try to get him to nurse again he won’t. UNTILL I offer him the other breast. Then he will eat for another 5 minutes or so till it slows down there, and the who thing starts again if he’s not full.

After my friend suggested this I tried really hard to calm him down and get him to continue nursing on the same side. Well after 5 minutes of hysterical crying, talking a suck or two and pulling away again, he burped up milk and started choking. L I fed him on the other side because I don’t know what to do. I need help please. This is miserable for both of us.

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May 05, 2012
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too much lactose and fast milk flow
by: Tracy

Is it possible that baby stops breastfeeding on one side because of a forceful let down?

Sometimes a let down only comes after a few minutes of breastfeeding. This is a common problem with oversupply and foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.

What you need to do is to try and decrease your milk supply and slow down your let down reflex.

Here are some tips on milk reflex...

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/let-down-reflex.html

And oversupply...

http://www.breastfeeding-problems.com/oversupply.html

Here is some more info and advice on foremilk /hindmilk imbalance

Safe herbs that you can also find out about to decrease your supply include...
Herb Robert, Red sage, Garden mint, Periwinkle

Hope this helps, please let me know how things go.

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Fussy Baby, Slow Milk Flow

by Malena - Mrs Mumy Yum
(England)

The problem is that my baby only sucks the breast in the beginning when milk flow is quite fast but when the milk is going slower and slower she refuses even she is hungry. I know that because she looses weight or puts only 50g per week when she is 6 months old.

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Jun 30, 2013
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baby getting enough milk?
by: Tracy, CBC, CLD

Hi

If you assume that your baby is not getting in enough milk, you should first read this page below to make sure.

Is baby getting in enough milk.

Then, to help with the flow of milk, once your "let down" has stopped, you can use breast compressions while breastfeeding to get the milk to flow faster and to stimulate another let down.


Read more about breast compressions.
Read more about let down reflex here.



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Sleepy/fussy and drinking more

Hi, My daughter is 10 weeks old and just recently she has been sleeping more, where as before she would be alert and awake and watching everything. she also is feeding a lot more and a bit more fussy about it. I'm concerned for her and also a paranoid new mom! lol! help...

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Oct 14, 2011
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Encouragement
by: Elsabe

You are an awesome Mommy!!!

Depending on when she was born (gestation weeks), she might be experiencing a growth spurt. If she's still having lots of wet nappies and healthy otherwise, you can just continue allowing her to feed on demand, as much as she needs and take a deep breath. All babies go through this and all mommies worry about it, you're not the only one. You are doing a great job, you should be proud of yourself and give yourself some slack! ;o)

Oct 14, 2011
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Hey...
by: Tracy

Yes, definitely sounds like a growth spurt...

read more on growth spurts here.

Hope this helps

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Burping baby

by Ajkcycle

Hi I breast feed my baby lying down and he usually falls asleep once done. I haven't been waking him to burp. Is that a problem? he isn't fussy but he does spit up a lot during wake hours. Since I don't want him to wake up do you have any suggestions for burping ?

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Jun 12, 2015
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Try this
by: Anonymous

I sometimes don't burp my baby after he has fed lying down. but when i need to, i make him sit on the bed by gently lifting his upper body and rock him back and forth gently until he burps, then I lay him back down. When he is sitting up i hold him very close as if i was hugging him, so he remains cosy and asleep.

Nov 20, 2015
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burping
by: Anonymous

I burp my baby before laying her down to feed. When she wakes up I burp her again

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issues with milk ejection reflex

by mrs miriam horowitz

My problem is issues with MER. I always feel my reflex very strongly, even now, with my baby already 5 mos old. But sometimes, it just doesn't come. My baby gets very frustrated when that happens and will either cry himself to sleep or get extremely upset and give up.

These episodes occur out of the blue, with no relation to stress, changes, alcohol, smoking, tiredness, etc. It can occur even when my breasts are full when waking up! Baby will finish the available milk but no subsequent MER will occur and he will cry, hungry for more!

Oxytocin nasal spray brings immediate relief, but still...

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Nov 19, 2010
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Sounds really frustrating!
by: Anonymous

I have a few suggestions that I hope will help...

- Try using breast compression while nursing, this will help bring on the let down reflex

- Some special breast massage just before breastfeeding can help start the flow of your milk

- You say you are not stressed out so that's really great because stress can hamper let down sometimes...have you thought of maybe singing a song or rubbing baby's hair while breastfeeding? This can help with the flow of Oxytocin which will help increase your flow of milk too.

- Try hand expressing or pumping a little bit of milk just before letting baby nurse...this gets the milk flowing and decreases baby's frustration.

I hope this helps...please let me know if it does, if it doesn't we can discuss certain herbs that can increase MER if you like.

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Nov 21, 2010
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Have tried all
by: miriam horowitz

trust me, i have tried all of the above and more, nothing seems to work. the problem seems to occur at random times, like upon waking up in the morning, or just suddenly. I can't seem to attach any trigger to it. Baby will start nursing and nothing will happen, even if last session everything was fine!

Nov 30, 2010
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one on one help
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I think it's best if you get the help of a local La Leche league leader or professional lactation consultant in your area. She will advise you one on one, and will most likely suggest a few herbs too. It's really worth going to see someone in person as they can see exactly what the situation is.

All the best, and would love to hear from you again



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be on my breast all the time (fast flow)

I breastfeed my baby girl. Shes gonna be 2months on the 4th, my baby seems to wanna eat then latch off and I burp her and I keep offering her my breast to make sure shes done. If im driving down the street shes changed and burped, but seems to be hungy.

I know I have milk because when I hand express I get 2oz and she has a problem im guessing with my flow because theres times when she crys and she has milk running down her face, an shes frustrated crying her head off.

Another thing, she falls asleep, rubbing her toes, chin, and behind her ears.

Any answers for me?!?

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Nov 15, 2013
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Insatable baby
by: Lyssa

If you harn't already, you should look into baby "wonder weeks". Every few weeks, baby goes through a big brain growth spurt and becomes fussier, among other things.

I don't think there is a problem with your supply. Baby is probably fussy from gas or just wants to be held. Baby's also just like to suck, as it is ther only natural method to self soothe, so by "nursing" (really baby is just sucking and self soothing!) baby is just helping to settle.

You can try babywearing or, oce supply is well established and you feel comfortable, can try to introduce an artifiial pacifier. This wouls allow baby to soothe without the need to nurse on you.

If you have concerns about supply, it is best to talk to a Certified Lactation Consultant who can give you more hands on help.

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Non-stop feeding
by: Anonymous

I just went to the doctor about this because my baby girl (6 weeks) seemed to be eating all the time. She was always on my breast or feeding from a bottle (pumped milk) but she was having a lot of spit ups and didn't seem to keep much down.

We would give her 1oz and wait a while and she would still be hungry then give her another oz and repeat. It was like she was a bottomless pit. The doctor said she is just nursing for comfort and to introduce a pacifier. Remember babies stomachs are only about the size of their fist. Viola a few days later baby has settled down and seems much more content.

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