why does baby pull off breast when feeding
Babies can do this for several different reasons. Sometimes it s when the milk flow slows down or the breast is drained. Switching to the other side at this point can often help. You can switch back and forth several times if you need to. Since the breast is continually producing milk, your baby may be able to drink again on that side. Sometimes babies pull away from the breast and fuss because the milk is flowing too fast. If this is the case, you may find that your baby pulls away soon after starting to feed and just as the milk is letting down. She probably starts swallowing faster and faster, and then pulls away and fusses because she can t catch her breath. If your baby does this, give her a minute to catch her breath and calm down before putting her back on the breast. This may help her relax. I ve also found that some babies get tummy pain from eating too quickly, and they may start to fuss and pull away as they re eating.
If your baby is a fast eater, try tucking one of her knees up to her tummy while sheвs nursing. This seems to help babies feel a little bit more comfortable, as opposed to when theyвre feeding stretched out.
Learning to understand your babyвs cues can take anywhere from days to months. When your baby pulls away from your nipple during breastfeeding, it can mean a variety of things. Donвt get worried or discouraged when this happens. As long as heвs steadily gaining weight and seems to be satisfied at the end of each feeding, heвs probably getting enough milk. If your milk is flowing too slowly, your baby may get frustrated by the lack of milk and pull off the nipple in the hopes that there will be more milk when she latches back on. Massage your breasts to try to get more milk flowing.
A newborn will generally fall asleep rather than pull away when the milk is coming in too slowly, so if the baby is a few weeks old this is probably not the cause for her pulling away. If your milk is coming too fast, the baby may be overwhelmed and will pull away to try to take a break. Youвll be able to tell this is the case if milk seems to spray or squirt whenever the baby moves away from the nipple. Hold the baby upright rather than lying down, and lean your body back so his throat is higher than your breast. Heвll be able to control the flow much better this way. You may also try switching him to your other breast to see if the flow if slower there. Your babyвs mouth must be positioned correctly on your nipple in order to draw milk into her mouth. If this attachment, or latch, isnвt correct, she may pull away and try again.
Help your baby latch correctly by opening her mouth with one finger and putting your nipple into her mouth while you pull her close to you. Her lips should be in a pout rather than pulled back over her gums. She may also have her nose pressed too tightly against your breast to breathe comfortably. Push down on your breast near her nose to give her more air. As your baby starts to get full, he may pull away only to decide that he would like a bit more milk after all. If this is the case, it should only happen toward the end of a feeding, after heвs been eating for at least 15 minutes. In this case, let the baby show you when heвs truly through eating. Help him latch back onto the breast to see if he continues eating. If he pulls away again and seems content and calm, consider the feeding done and move on to burping him.
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