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20/07/2013 at 21:49
A is 16 weeks, and for the last week or two she's been really fussy at the breast. She'll feed for 2-3 mins each feed then start screaming out of nowhere and take ages to settle. She'll go back on, suck 4 or 5 times and then we go around that cycle 3 or 4 times before she eventually decided she's either had enough or she'll settle into a proper feed. This happens most feeds.
Is this common? Is there a particular reason for this? (I can't put my finger on anything)
It's becoming a real pain because I'm now dreading having to feed her out and about and her kicking off and drawing attention while exposing me!
20/07/2013 at 22:25
I've no idea if there is a reason, but E went through periods of doing this and it used to drive me nuts. It never lasted more than maybe a week or two an she would generally settle back into her normal pattern. Out and about unused to just try and find either a feeding room where we could have a bit more privacy or deliberately sit in the corner in coffee shops etc. Have you tried a feeding cover? I'm not a fan, but they do have their uses at times like this!
Hope she settles soon :)
21/07/2013 at 07:52
P does this a lot. I think for us it's something to do with fast/slow letdown and her either getting frustrated at slow milk or the fast being too much for her I'm not 100% on this but it's what the bf specialist thinks. I've used a cover for this reason but it sometimes irritates her and makes it worse.
It's a common problem as 5 of the 6 ladys at the BF class all had this problem too!
Hope it doesn't last long for you!
21/07/2013 at 08:08
16 weeks is prime growth spurt territory so things can often get a bit more fractious then. If you thing it could be slow let down you could hand express a little first so there's milk there ready, also lean forward when feeding. It will pass.
21/07/2013 at 08:45
WIsisS, it's peak growth spurt time so she is trying to stimulate your breasts to produce more milk. The heat recently has probably compounded her fussiness. Hang on in there, it will improve.
21/07/2013 at 08:51
Both of mine were a nightmare to feed at 4/5 months. L stopped feeding on the right side completely from 4 months and didn't use it again.
21/07/2013 at 10:51
I think you're maybe right, we're getting growth spurt, sleep regressions and these feeding issues all at the same time as the heat so I don't really know what's what at the moment!
21/07/2013 at 21:25
Same going on here nenas! Check out the 'wonder weeks' it explains it all. 4 months is a big one as they are learning so many new things and the heat doesnt help. Hope it passes soon xx
22/07/2013 at 07:56
We are having exactly the same problem here too. Thinking also element of teething too!
22/07/2013 at 09:48
Yep teething too i reckon as she's chewing the hell out of my fingers!
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