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Faffy feeding doing my head in!

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thenameiwantedwastaken Tue 13-Oct-09 12:04:24

Hi all, looking for some advice about breastfeeding my 5m/o. She used to be a real milk guzzler - would drink solidly for 20mins and be satisfied - but has recently started jumping off the boob during feeding, sometimes to just look at me and poke my mouth/nose (which is quite cute!) and sometimes to squeal like something's wrong for a couple of minutes before jumping back onto the boob. Feeds are taking forever! Mornings we get up at 8 and I'm frequently feeding her on and off until 10/10:30. We used to have a great thing going where she would feed then play then nap at 9:30. It was the only part of day when we had anything resembling a routine and I miss it!

Any ideas MN? Anyone been through this? I don't think it's wind and although she does get distracted easily, even when it's quiet she's jumping on and off. She seems to feed batter once she's done a poo - could she be a constipated bf baby? Or maybe she's hungry for solids rather than milk?

FlyingMonkey Tue 13-Oct-09 12:37:47

I feel your pain! My baby was like this at the same age and has reverted to this behaviour again recently. It's really annoying but I have no clue what to do. I think it's all part of becoming more alert (and nosey in DS's case). I try to minimise anything that might distract him, i.e. turn off tv, remove anything of interest in his line of vision, and sometimes that helps. Othertimes, I just have to put up with it! I have read that switching from one boob to the other can help when they are latching on and off. It does occasionally work for me.

thenameiwantedwastaken Tue 13-Oct-09 22:28:29

Hey sorry to hear your going through it too, but nice to have some solidarity! Good idea re moving stuff from los eyeline. I tidied up the table next to my usual feeding spot and that seemed to help a bit - we'll see for sure in the morning! Good luck with your DS!

VulpusinaWilfsuit Tue 13-Oct-09 22:31:41

Not unusual IME for this to happen when they need to build the supply up - like those 'growth spurts'/frequency days early on. Or when things change a bit and they want to 'connect' more with you. I seem to remember around the 6 mo mark and around 9-12 months being particularly fussy...

Good luck and sure it will change again soon smile

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