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Oh this baby of mine... BFing issue?

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August 24th, 2012, 07:55 AM
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This little dude and me are having a bad breastfeeding day!

In the past 12 hours or so when he wakes up from snoozing to eat, as soon as I pick him up, he starts rooting like crazy and getting really fussy, but if I try to feed him he doesn't want to latch and fights it the whole time. Once he's on he eats well for a few minutes then stops and pops off. I give him a chance to burp and he starts rooting like crazy again but doesn't want back on, and we begin again.

I can't figure out if he's not actually hungry and just wants to suck on something or what the issue is. He's been eating ever 2-3 hours this week and he is still waking up to eat in keeping with that schedule. He won't take a pacifier so I can't test if he just wants to suck on something.

All I can do is keep putting him back on until he absolutely won't latch on anymore or calms down and stops rooting, but I don't think he's been getting good meals all day at all. As soon as I lay him down he passes right out and he's having lots of wet and dirty diapers so I know he's getting enough. I don't understand why he's fussing at the breast so much, he's always been a really good latcher and eater.

Any advice? Is it just going to be one of those days?

He's also getting a lot heavier - I'm wondering if I'm not holding him as well for breastfeeding and maybe he's uncomfortable. As babies get heavier, does anyone find there is a particular position which is easier then others? I've been preferring the cradle hold but maybe I should try something else?

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August 24th, 2012, 09:05 AM
newmommysarah's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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try giving him your finger to suck on - it smells like you and so will be comforting - its what im doing with Noah as i refuse to let him use my nips as a paci!
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August 24th, 2012, 10:00 AM
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Try the football hold, I really like it as babies grow a little. Side lying is also great, although can be hard the first few times to get a good latch. Good luck! And it may just be one of those days, I would just do your best to comfort him, keep offering and don't let it get you down!
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August 24th, 2012, 11:42 AM
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Do you use a boppy pillow when nursing? That may help you be able to support him better.

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August 24th, 2012, 11:44 AM
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Rowan has been doing the same thing the past couple of days. I'm most certainly sure that it's because of gas. I can feel bubbles rumbling in his belly. But he keeps doing the fuss, root, fuss at the booby thing. I tried some gripe water, but it was hard to get him to swallow it. So I used hyland's calms forte yesterday. Worked like a charm. I would have preferred to use the hylan's colic tablets but I didn't have any, and the ingredients for both of those are VERY similar. I'll probably give him one a bit earlier tonight instead of waiting for him to get super fussy (he cried for about 3 hours last night ). It helped him sleep a lot; he only woke up once between 9pm and 5am.
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August 25th, 2012, 05:45 AM
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Paxton does that when he's gassy or has to poop. We haven't had severe gas issues so I haven't given him anything for it but I agree with Que about getting gas stuff if it's making him that uncomfortable.
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August 25th, 2012, 06:24 AM
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I totally agree with gassiness being the issue.

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August 25th, 2012, 08:29 AM
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I think you are right about him being gassy. He farted a TON last night and this morning and seems to be feeling better. I was gassy yesterday too so I think I may eaten something which bothered him (ahem cornbread). Anyways, I'll let Pearce finish off the rest of that and keep my sticky fingers away from any more corn.

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August 26th, 2012, 08:11 AM
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I have found that Pippa will break a latch if she's not comfortable. I found that she prefers My Brest Friend over the Boppy. Also, Gripe Water settles her tummy. Sometimes she wants to be swaddled while she nurses, and I use a Swaddle Me wrap.

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