This is very similar to another post I've just seen. Tiktok replied to that saying it could be a number of things and to call the bf helplines - which is a very sensible answer but I'm hoping maybe someone can help me on MN as I live in Spain and can't call the UK bf helplines (I don't think?).
My baby is 16 weeks old and has been exclusively bf. He's fine and healthy, very happy, but today a couple of times he has struggled and made a fuss when feeding. however, when I gave him a bottle of EBM he drank it all and has now gone to bed without much fuss (yet, fingers crossed...)
I don't think it is:
-wind (I burped him) -something strange I ate (I haven't eaten anything different) -new soap or anything I washed with (nothing new) -nipple confusion (he has had a dummy for weeks and weeks and has had EBM a fair few times but never a problem at all)
I don't think you should worry until its happened continuously for a few feeds. DD got very fickle between 4 and 6 months, doing this sort of swimming thing where she'd bob on and off the breast. In the end it was sometimes wind (she'd get air at the beginning) and sometimes dis-interest; she changed her feeding patterns at this time. you could try a breast feeding necklace, or something if it is distraction.
ohhh maybe he is teething. would this make a difference? Would it mean he'd be happier feeding from a bottle rather than the breast? It was quite upsetting as until today pretty much any problem could be solved by sticking my boob in his mouth.
Teething...he has been dribbling loads recently.
Nothing else much going on and I put a muslin over his head (always do this at night feed as he does get a bit excited about looking at the..um..wall..otherwise) so I don't think he was distracted.
ALSO he has just gone to sleep all by himself for the second time in his life (normally takes a few minutes of dummy). Left him in his bed, grinning and gurgling after his bottle, came back 10 mins later and he was asleep (albeit wriggled half way up the cot and out of the sheet...). So maybe he is going through a bit of a developmental thing?
am having similar problems with my 4 month DD. if i try and put her on my left side she arches her back and screams. all very well putting her on the right side but then i end up with giant sore left boob leaking all over bed. am very worried too. am worried if i express from left side and give it to her in a bottle she will go off the breast alltogether.