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    Default Baby pulling off breast, crying, and wanting to feed more often

    My baby is 5 weeks old, and in the last 2 weeks or so she's been pulling off my breast when she's only been feeding for a few minutes. Usually I just burp her when this happens and she's happy to continue feeding, however since late last week, she has been pulling off crying, and I struggle to get her back on to continue the feed, even after burping her. She is feeding more often during the day, she was previously feeding about every 3 hours but now she's not even making it to 2 hours between feeds at times. This makes me think that she's not getting enough during her feeds which is why she's feeding more often. At the same (late last week) she also started sleeping more, she had less awake time than usual. I thought maybe this was a growth spurt but now I'm not sure... She has lots of wet / dirty nappies so I think she's getting enough milk... Any suggestions?

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    Feeding 2 hourly is more common than feeding 3 hourly at this age. Her nappies sound good. There is a wonder week at 6 weeks, maybe this is causing her to be bit more unsettled. You could give the ABA a call and they can talk you through what might be going on 1800 686 2 68.

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    Thanks so much :-) missie_mack, I feel the letdown about 15-30 seconds into the feed, but could the milk be flowing slowly maybe?

    Thanks Bubbles, I've just bought the wonder weeks iBook so that might help me to understand what's going on :-)

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    I had a lot of trouble with breastfeeding my DD at the age she was very much the same and took probably 4 weeks to get back into a good breastfeeding relationship. If your let down seems slower before feeding pop a warm heat pack or something else on your boobs, and the biggest thing I found was relax. Breastfeeding is hard work and if your anxious or worried or stressed about it then I found my let down was slower.
    Having a topless day in bed is a great idea just relax with your precious bundle of joy and remember your doing a fantastic job!!

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    I went through a similar thing when bubs was about 6-9 weeks. For me I think it was that my let down was a bit too forceful and she would get frustrated. A relaxed day in bed sounds like wonderful advice. And call the ABA. All the best.

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    Obviously everyone's different. This may not be applicable, but one thing I wish somebody had said to me - don't push it too hard!

    My bub started doing the same thing at about that age. We didn't have particularly good attachment at that point, so most advice was centred on the idea that improving her attachment would mean she was more comfortble & fed better. I spoke to midwives, CYH nurses, a doctor, the ABA helpline, an ABA councellor in person... they all told me to persist. To calm her down, get her back on... and to keep doing it until she fed well.

    So that's what I did. Plenty of feeds would end up taking over an hour... we'd both be so stressed. She's a terrible feeder now. If I put her near the breast when she's not almost asleep... she screams. Now it may not be related, but I have my suspicions that she was somewhat traumatised by that experience (and I wouldn't blame her).

    So... get advice from trusted sources but just keep in mind that it's probably better to stop a feed than to continue with a stressful one (provided she's gaining weight fine etc.)

    Good luck! Hope all goes well for you.

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    This may be completely off track, but I had these same issues with my daughter when I started to exercise a lot and restrict my calories to start losing baby weight. Might you be doing that? Just an idea in case you are. I found I really needed to keep my calories up (with nutritious healthy foods of course) to have qood quality milk for her. I still had plenty of milk, but it obviously did not taste the same.

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    I think maybe my letdown is forceful - often when she pulls off milk is spraying out so maybe it's just too much for her.

    Renn, thanks for the advice. If I find we're getting too stressed, I'll take her off and try again once we've both calmed down.

    CazHazKidz - I have recently started exercising (just a couple of gentle walks each week, nothing strenuous) and I don't think I'm as ravenous as I initially was so maybe I need to make myself eat more...


    Thanks for all of the suggestions everyone, hopefully with all of this the difficulty will pass soon :-)

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    I had very forceful let down with both kids, it would just shoot out the entire time. My only advice in relation to that is give it time. Your DD will settle in and adjust

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    I have a very forceful letdown and at times DD will pull herself off and start crying. Sure enough there is milk squirting out and all over her. She's 15 weeks by the way.


 

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