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4 week old 'messing about' while bf

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sadmum2017 Fri 19-May-17 19:49:27

That's the only way I can describe it, he will feed for a few minutes, then wriggle and wave is arms and come off. If I put my breast away he'll start rooting for it again. He will often mouth my nipple and make a half-arsed attempt to feed. He doesn't appear at all distressed during. Does this seem normal? He's gaining good weight and I feel that bf is going well apart from this relatively new behaviour. At other times he latches on and is there for 20-30 minutes and not move a muscle.

JohnLapsleyParlabane Fri 19-May-17 19:50:53

Yes, very normal. He's just learning about the world.

GrumpetLikesCrumpets Fri 19-May-17 22:11:02

I also have a four week old, and he's doing exactly the same as you describe OP. ...so I guess it must be normal.

Whatsername17 Sat 20-May-17 07:16:50

OP, your username is a tad worrying? Are you OK? Being a new mum is hard work - I felt like someone had put my life in a box and threw in a hand grenade. It gets easier though. Have you got some support in rl?

GummyGoddess Sat 20-May-17 07:33:16

I found that quite funny but they do stop, promise! They also get super efficient at feeding after three or four months and can knock out a feed in less than 5 minutes.

Frazzle76 Sat 20-May-17 07:33:55

My four week old does the same and nipple munches at the same time too. Very frustrating. If it's too sore / in the middle of the night for over 30 mins she gets formula which she has barely any of because she actually wasn't hungry after all. Boo!

somedayyouwillfindme Sat 20-May-17 07:36:11

When DS used to get a bit fussy it was often wind - but then was when he was a bit older than 4 weeks, but maybe worth a try.

@Whatsername17 what a lovely and observant comment. And agreed. It gets more fun as they get bigger.

sadmum2017 Sat 20-May-17 08:23:49

Thanks, I did post when we first brought DS home and my mood was terrible. It's not brilliant now, but to be honest I just haven't changed my username and have absolutely no imagination for a better one right now! smile

Whatsername17 Sat 20-May-17 16:11:24

Haha you are allowed to have no imagination! 4 weeks is so very little still. However, you are only days away from a first smile, if you haven't had one already. My dd2 is 17 weeks and I've found it much easier this time around. With my first dd I really struggled. She had colic and cried a lot and it was tough going. I always envied the mums who had it together whilst I floundered. It's only now our kids are older that they will admit that they were just better at pretending than I was.

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