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Hello everyone, I am Exclusively Breastfeeding my daughter who will be 4 months on the 11th of this month. I have had issues with her pulling off the breast off and on for the past 2 months or so but they have gotten progressively worse. She feeds perfectly during her early morning feed and early afternoon feeding. It gets worse from then on and it is the worst at night. I thought it might be a supply issue so I have been taking fenugreek, pumping as much as possible after feeds and in between feeds and I have even tried eating oatmeal. I don't think its a supply issue because when she pulls off, and I pump, I do have milk. It is at the point where I have used all of my stash milk at night just to get her to eat something. She will start off fine but then gets noticeably irritated and pulls off..I put her back on she stays on a minute or so and pulls off..I am so frustrated I don't want to give her formula but I am scared it is going to get to that point..
Is she not really hungry? Mine gets upset if she wants to comfort suck and milk is present. Maybe offer her a paci when she keeps pulling off and see if that helps? I wouldn't give formula, since it sounds like more of just some other need. Maybe she's getting some teeth (or starting to bug her)? Maybe they hurt more at night and in the evening? I remember dd1 pulling off a lot when. Her teeth were bothering her. Also if she was sick.
Mommy to H (6) and E (brand new)
4 Angels gone too soon
This sounds SOO much like my little guy. He did this for a few weeks and the stopped. I honestly still don't know what it was. Apparently some sort of phase because he doesn't do it anymore. According to kellymom, babies can become fussy at the breast for a million reasons, not just because your supply is low. I would be hesitant to supplement with BM, or take fenugreek. I would just ride it out and keep offering the breast. It will eventually pass. I know its hard!! I've been there and made posts like this on different message boards.
Its funny because there were weeks where he would nurse maybe 5 minutes total and then get fussy. I would sit him up and he would be fine. I would think "THere is NO way you are full!" I would try again and he would cry, scream, etc. But I just continued like normal, nursing every 3 hours. He would barely do 5 minutes total. After a week of this, I weighed him on our baby scale. He had gained 10 oz that week so CLEARLY he was geting full. If I had tried to supplement because I thought he wasn't feeding long enough I would have overfed him.
Thanks Kiliki for the siggie!