why does my baby move so much while nursing
He's going to eat enough, barring substantial physiological problems that it doesn't sound like apply here. This was true at one month old, is true now, and will be true at 3 or 4. Kids don't starve themselves, whatever their difficulties with appearing to eat a normal meal are. As long as you're not replacing those calories with candy or potato chips, so all of his food options are nutritive ones, don't worry about the nutrition side of things. Kids (like adults) have physical cues that tell them when they should be eating more or less, that make sure they get a sufficient minimum quantity of food. As such, if you want to wean him, go ahead; if you don't want to, don't. A lot of it depends on your preference, and whether you can handle him being so squirmy. Health-wise, it is probably better for him to continue nursing for a portion of his calories until at least one (and even 1. 5-2), due to the other benefits of breastfeeding, but it's not a dramatic difference; so if the squirming is getting to the point that it's stressing you out quite a lot, let it go.
This is a pretty normal stage right around 9 months give or take a few months, because babies start being able to move more (crawl, walk, etc. ) around then, and their mental development also hits a higher gear around 9-12 months - so they're more interested in what is around them. As was alluded to in comments, a less stimulating environment may be necessary to help keep this under control; but to some extent you may just have a happy, active baby who likes to move and see what's going on around him.
Other things you can do include talking to him to keep his attention - singing, telling him stories, etc. ; stopping nursing when he reaches a certain point of squirminess, hoping to make it clear to him that squirming leads to stopping nursing; putting a blanket on him to keep him warm; and adjusting your nursing times. By 9-10 months, my wife was primarily nursing in the early morning (upon waking up) and right before bed, both times when our babies were sleepy and less likely to squirm about, for example.
I think it could be a bit of a continuim with your difficulties with bfing, blackroses. You ve had attachment difficulties which sometimes don t disappear but they may be handled. Dd was a terribly fussy feeder, coming on and off, screaming. The way I fed her was to switch sides back and forth when she did this, she didn t do it all the time though.
She d have up to 8 sides during one of those fussy feeds. Is it at all feeds or more at a particular time of the day, ie evening/afternoon? I d consider not feeding on a chair with arms, ie nothing t kick off then, try a couch, sitting in the middle. Dd wasn t able to be fed in a chair with arms for very long due to the kicking off the edge of the arms. As a pp mentioned, you could try some breast compressions/squeezing, just before she fusses or pulls off, it might help the flow and thwart her fussy attack. If you ve tried the breast compressions without benefit then you can try the switch feeding as another pp mentioned, it may be that the milk isn t flowing well and she wants more but cant get it.
You don t try to put her on the same side, you put her on the other and then if she fusses again, you switch again. It s not the usual way to feed but if it has benefits, ie baby drinks more milk and fusses less, then it can be a valid method of feeding. But the most ideal thing to do is to see if you can see the LC again, if it keeps continuing and you don t know why she is doing it or how to manage it, having the LC watch a feed is best as she can get an understanding of what your baby is doing and why. It s tricky as it could be flow slowing, it could be air, it could be a part of normal behavior for a 7 week old. Perhaps try some of the tactics and see how you go. You could also ring the ABA helpline as it might be easier to talk about it. All the best.
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