12 week old seems hungry but fusses and screams at the breast

(10 Posts)
Moochicken Tue 30-Apr-13 08:05:21

I'll give it a try. I've only ever fed him in a standard nursing position.

Have you tried a differenct position when you offer the other side? Could be he doesn't like lying on that ear/in that way. Try rugby hold or lying down.

Moochicken Mon 29-Apr-13 17:21:21

Thanks for the advice. Hopefully things will improve soon, its not nice seeing my happy little boy so distressed during feeds.

WouldBeHarrietVane Mon 29-Apr-13 15:59:53

Occasional green poo is usually nothing to worry about in a bf baby. As long as you let them feed on demand, come off by themselves and always offer another side until they don't want any more they will automatically get enough hind milk. The modern approach is that it's all good milk and there is no special type of hind milk.

Moochicken Mon 29-Apr-13 15:21:25

At the moment the dummy is the only thing that stops him crying after a feed so I'm finding it hard to get rid of.

His poo has been quite green over the past few days. Is this a sign that he's not getting enough hind milk?

WouldBeHarrietVane Mon 29-Apr-13 12:49:05

One final point you might want to be aware of is that dummy use can affect weight gain in some bf babies, because it reduces their urge to suck at the breast. This is a useful link:


WouldBeHarrietVane Mon 29-Apr-13 12:46:08

Sounds like you had a nursing strike on your hands, Cleo. How difficult for you.

I wouldn't ever recommend block feeding without speaking to a bf counsellor in real life first, because it can reduce your supply. Nothing here suggests op has over supply, so I don't think block feeding is a good idea. Usually it is always a good idea to offer to switch breasts during the feed.

Water will do nothing to flow speed and neither will fenugreek. Fenugreek is meant to help with low milk supply.

Op when you say he is gaining weight less quickly, is he still tracking his centile? The best ways to increase milk transfer to a baby are these:

- offer often and before baby is showing signs of hunger, aim for 12 times a day feeding with ten as a minimum
- always let them come off themselves
- always offer to switch sides until they don't want any more sides (may be one sometimes but can even be four or five 'sides' during a growth spurt).
- breast compressions can help
- skin to skin increases bf frequency

I would be inclined not to burp him until after he's finished feeding altogether. I never burped DS in between sides - maybe the winding is frustrating him because he's still hungry?

cleoowen Mon 29-Apr-13 12:32:49

I had this problem to the extent he started refusing the breast. Every fees was a wrestling match. Unfortunately ended up having to ff.

I thought it was speed,flow so maybe the same for you. Do you need to switch breasts try just one. Try breast compressions, drinking lots of water and fenegeek to improve flow,speed.

Hope it works.

WouldBeHarrietVane Mon 29-Apr-13 12:19:06

At this stage babies often get very distractible at the breast because they become much more aware of their surroundings.

You might find my reply to Moon on this thread and the links on there handy:


Moochicken Mon 29-Apr-13 12:13:46

DS is 12 weeks old and was a really happy little boy for the first 10 weeks. He has become quite unsettled recently and doesn't like being put down.

After being fed from one side I wind him, usually getting a big burp, on offer the other side. He still seems hungry and chews his hands, shaking his head side to side, but when I offer the second breast he screams and arches his back. He will then only settle when I give his dummy.

Any idea what could be causing this? He is not putting on weight as quickly as he was and as I said, still seems hungry after feeding from one side.

It's awful seeing him so upset and because he's so unsettled now, I don't get to spend as much time with DD who is only 2.5.

Has anyone else experienced this and if so, what worked for you?

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