6mo, feeding gone weird

(10 Posts)
shouldibecrossaboutthis Sun 28-Apr-13 21:41:37

my ds did this then my period came back!

WouldBeHarrietVane Sat 27-Apr-13 09:16:52

Oh good - definitely read the book if you like that term - there's loads more reassuring stuff in there! You can get it on Amazon.

moonprayer Sat 27-Apr-13 09:12:30

Thank you WouldBeHarrietVane, that's really reassuring smile I love the term "four months fussies", just hope it shall pass soon...

WouldBeHarrietVane Sat 27-Apr-13 07:41:08

Not quite sure why I've used so many ! in that post blush am blaming it on being half asleep still...

WouldBeHarrietVane Sat 27-Apr-13 07:33:09

Moon a couple of things often happen together at 4 months! There's often a growth spurt at this stage and also babies get much more distractible! When they are tiny they tune out everything else to focus on milk but at around 4 months they become hyper-aware of their surroundings! The LLL bf book actually has a whole section on this called the 'Four Month Fussies'!

This link may help:

kellymom.com/parenting/parenting-faq/distractible-baby/

The author of that site is a well respected bf counsellor, so the advice is trustworthy.
As it says, I found feeding in my bedroom with the blind down often helped.

You might want to buy the LLL book - the womanly art of bf as it is such a reassuring read!

moonprayer Fri 26-Apr-13 23:26:39

My 4 mth old DS is very similar these several days, and extremely fussy... doesn't like playing, doesn't feed properly, and doesn't sleep properly... Previously he finally got to some daytime routine naturally and sometimes had a nice long sleep stretch at night. now, everything is back to two months ago... sad i hope it is a growth spurt, but not sure whether he is teething too... or just breast-refusal? so confused...

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 26-Apr-13 18:54:23

Do you think it could be the introduction of solids or was this happening before? Are you offering the bf roughly an hour before the solids?

If you are concerned about his weight, have you though of offering the breast more frequently during the day and has he been checked for tongue tie?

WouldBeHarrietVane Thu 25-Apr-13 19:42:25

Also, they get much more efficient at feeding as time goes on. Initially my DS used to feed for 45 minutes, burnt 6 months it was 5 minutes grin

WouldBeHarrietVane Thu 25-Apr-13 19:41:31

Could this be a growth spurt?? There is often one at 6 months:

kellymom.com/bf/normal/growth-spurts/

Provided he has plenty of wet and dirty nappy and is tracking his centile or not going too far below it, I wouldn't be worried.

After 4 months they get much more distractable at the breast IME

okthen Thu 25-Apr-13 19:36:12

Would love some bf advice.

Ds is nearly 6mo. He is ebf and feeds every 3-4 hours day and (unfortunately!)night.

Recently his feeds have become a little odd. He constantly clamours for a feed when he is near me, sucking at my shoulder, neck, wherever. But when he actually feeds, it is a bit of a performance- pulling away, fussing, squealing, gulping, arm flailing wildly... He only feeds for a few minutes each side and doesn't seem to drain the breast. This is worse in the day but has also started happening at night.

Meanwhile I seem to have become very engorged and have been leaking everywhere. My letdown has always been strong and I'm still spraying even at nearly 6 months... I feel like I'm getting through far too many breast pads for this long after he was born!

He is a big boy but his weight plateaued over the past couple of months. Hv recommended starting solids and he is loving it. This hasn't reduced the number of bfs he has (wasn't planning that it would). He also clamours for food whenever we are eating. He is one hungry chap.

I assume he is getting what he needs and he seems well etc. but I'd love it if his feeds were calm, long and satisfying- and would keep him going longer at night...

Any thoughts?

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