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scaryfairy28 Wed 01-Jun-11 22:18:47

3week old dd pulling on nipple while feeding what is it all about?

PacificDogwood Wed 01-Jun-11 22:21:49

Pulling apparently straightens the milkducts and makes flow faster. So I'm told. It is a PITA, my sympathies.

My DS4 used to brace himself against my breast with his hand, sort of pushing boob against my chestwall while simultanously pulling his head back, ouch!

I am not sure what you can do about it. I used to take him off and relatch if it was too uncomfortable.

FirstTimeMum1 Thu 02-Jun-11 01:46:04

My DD does this because it flows too fast....if she's not careful and pulls early on it flows all over her lol

bobbismum Thu 02-Jun-11 01:58:08

Hi scaryfairy sorry do you mean pulling with her mouth as in pulling away from you or clutching with her hand?

scaryfairy28 Thu 02-Jun-11 02:35:26

Sorry she's pulling away from me while latched on.

bobbismum Thu 02-Jun-11 03:38:18

From my experience some babies are just cheeky and do stuff like this! Sorry that isn't helpful at all is it? Is it causing you pain/discomfort, are you worried about your daughter and why she's doing this or you just generally asking cos its not what you expected/funny/fascinating/odd??
My DC have all had their own little quirks while feeding, some painful ones like DS5 needing breast with hand while feeding,a habit he still has when getting cuddles! Awful if I haven't trimmed his nails for a while, ouch!

scaryfairy28 Thu 02-Jun-11 09:07:21

I was just curious if anyone else had experienced it I've noticed she does it towards the end of a long feed so wondering if it's cos she's running out of milk.

thelizard Thu 02-Jun-11 09:52:06

I have exactly the same with my 3 week old ds! Uncomfortable and does not help with discreet feeding!!

bobbismum Thu 02-Jun-11 10:29:58

towards end of feed....ah yes my DS2 did that, think its a full up indicator. Only fed him till he was 5 months due to that and then biting! Kids eh wink

LittleMilla Thu 02-Jun-11 10:47:33

Hi fairy, I have a four week old, so wouldn't say I am an expert (!). But when my DS does this to me and I usually take him off and wind him. I've noticed he does it more when he needs to burp. But not god knows if it's actually a sign that he's really got wind hmm.

Fecking hurts though grin.

BatFlattery Thu 02-Jun-11 12:34:17

DS 4mo does this and has done for the last month or so. Now very very painful esp on left boob. Think it is either linked to teething, or like bobbismum says, a full-up indicator. Don't know how much longer my nipples can take it though sad

TruthSweet Thu 02-Jun-11 17:19:28

Scary - have you had your latch checked by a bfc/ibclc/specialist mw or hv?

Sometimes babies can pull back whilst at the breast because of fast flow but as you mention it happens after baby has been feeding for a while it could be because the flow has slowed.

Do you switch sides when this happens or do breast compressions to increase milk flow?

MumofHearts Fri 03-Jun-11 00:14:54

My DS started doing this at 5 weeks and always goes bright red and gulps when he does this so I presumed it was down to a fast flow of milk or wind.

DMCWelshCakes Fri 03-Jun-11 19:56:18

So glad it's not just me. 3.5 week old DS is doing this too & I assumed there was something wrong with my latching skills or something.

DMCWelshCakes Fri 03-Jun-11 19:56:53

Damn. Had whole rest of post & stupid computer ate it.

Any ideas how to stop them doing it?

TruthSweet Fri 03-Jun-11 21:00:04

DMC - what you can do to minimise the pulling back really depends on why the baby is doing it in the first place.

If baby is doing it because the flow is too fast, it would probably be happening at the start of a feed during the 1st let down and possibly with any of the other letdowns in the feed. If this is the case then this might help.

If baby is doing that at the start of a feed before a letdown or after a letdown has slowed then it might be because baby is frustrated with slow flowing milk or has become used to fast flowing milk perhaps from a bottle or beaker, or if mum is having a temporary drop in supply due to period or ovulation or had previously had a fast letdown but as supply is settling down likewise is the flow. In this case this might help.

Lots more info on why baby might fuss at the breast here as I have just mentioned two of the reasons baby might fuss whilst feeding.

MumofHearts Sun 05-Jun-11 00:16:41

Thanks TruthSweet for all the links they have been useful for me as well. I'd never come across kellymom before. It has so much info smile
Sometimes it seems like my DS is only nursing for comfort and is almost annoyed that milk is coming out.

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