why does my baby wiggle while breastfeeding
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.
By Kelly Bonyata, BS, IBCLC Is my baby distractible? Latch on, suck a moment, pull off latch on, suck a moment, pull off. Nurse a minute, pull away to smile at mom. Nurse a minute, pull away to see who just walked in the room. Nurse a minute, pull away to listen to the TV. Nurse a moment, pull away because the dog wagged his tail. Sound familiar?? Baby starts to nurse and just as soon as your milk starts to let-down, baby pulls off and wiggles around in your lap. Babies aged two to six months are notorious for pulling off the breast at any distraction (real or imaginary) and tend to forget to let go before they turn around (ouch! ). This is a passing developmental stage that can be quite a nuisance it s usually at it s worst between four and five months.
At around 2 months, your baby will become able to see things clearly across the room. At around 3 months, he ll start to stay awake longer and take a greater interest in the world around him. Your baby is also beginning to recognize that he is separate from mom. All of these things can result in a distractible baby. When baby first becomes aware of the rest of the world, he will have a hard time concentrating on nursing. In effect, he will be unable to walk and chew gum at the same time. Once he gets a little older, he ll find it easier to both nurse and take in the world around him at the same time. Distractibility is also common around 8-10 months, and can lead mom to think that her baby is trying to wean. If your baby is younger than a year, it s highly unlikely that this temporary disinterest is self-weaning. It s very rare for a baby younger than 12 months to. What can I do about it? Many moms find it more and more difficult to nurse a distractible baby, and sometimes even interpret it personally ( I don t want mom any more or I don t want to nurse any more ). At the very least, it s frustrating to deal with a distractible baby.
Less frequent/shorter nursing during this distractible stage can lead to a, so do your best to get in a few decent feedings during the day. Until this stage has passed, baby may need a quiet place to nurse and/or more night nursing until he s figured out how to deal with distraction. Do take advantage of night nursing during this time it doesn t matter when baby takes in his calories during a 24-hour period. One study showed that older babies can consume as much as 25% of their total daily intake of mother s milk during the night, probably partly because of daytime distractibility. Nursing in a quiet, darkened, boring room often helps. Talk in quiet, soothing tones (if you talk at all). Nurse while lying down; nap nurse. Cover baby with a shawl or put him in a sling to nurse. Nursing while in motion (walking, rocking) can also help baby to focus better on nursing. Try to catch your baby when he s more willing, such as when he s just waking up, already a little sleepy, or actually asleep. Baby s initial pulling off is probably not an indication that he is finished just an indication that he saw/heard something interesting across the room. When he pulls off, try to coax him back to the breast a few more times before giving up.
If baby pulls away without letting go, keep a finger ready to break the suction as soon as he starts to pull away. You can also nurse baby in the football (clutch) hold so you have better control of his head, or nurse him in the cradle hold in a sling. This type of behavior sometimes leads to biting; if your baby bites, see. If baby is not nursing as much because of distractibility, offer the breast often (even when he doesn t ask to nurse). Make up for lost time by nursing more often during the night. Older babies may nurse better if you try different and novel nursing positions in which they have more control baby standing up, sitting on your lap facing you, etc. by Jan Barger, RN, MA, IBCLC @. This article, by Becky Flora, IBCLC, talks about baby s different developmental stages during the first year and how they affect breastfeeding. by Paula Yount discusses the variations of normal that you can expect throughout your breastfeeding experience. This article discusses some possible reasons for fussy nursing behavior. If you re looking for the rest of the info that used to be on this page, it s in this article (with more added). If you feel that your baby is not nursing enough, this page may be helpful.
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