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What could be wrong? (breastfeeding Q)

my baby is a month old and he sucks for a few minutes then cries. i know he's still hungry. i'm not wearing parfume or lotion. he acts like he wants it then cries. he gets bottles as well, but not everyday.


Asked by mandielynn23 at 9:56 AM on Nov. 16, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (7)
  • I had a problem like that with my daughter for a little bit I found out that my milk was "spraying" out into her mouth and that bothered her so I would pump or hand express a little bit first then put ther back on and she was fine

    Answer by twogirlsandmore at 1:24 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • are you drinking lots of water? i had to drink 2 tall glasses of water before every feeding or i wouldnt produce enough milk. babies have to work a lot harder to get milk from you than a bottle... he might think he isnt getting enough. just keep trying!

    Answer by bettylou420 at 10:05 AM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • He could be getting impatient waiting for your milk to let down, especially if he's getting a bottle sometimes. I'd try to avoid the bottles for awhile if you can (I don't know if it's possible not knowing your situation). Just trust your body will give him enough milk, and let him stay on there even if he's fussy... he could be going through a growth spurt and really, really hungry. If so, then keeping him on there will trigger your body to make more. Good luck!

    Answer by EmilySusan at 10:31 AM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • He may not be getting it fast enough, let down can take a little bit. I would pump for a little bit just before to prime the breast. Also make sure he doesn't have a cold sore or other mouth oddity that can be causing him pain while trying to nurse. If this doesn't help, call a lactation consultant, so she can see what is going on, they are are the excerpts.


    Answer by DevilInPigtails at 10:32 AM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • He's just used to a regular rubber nipple. if you want to breastfeed, then do that only for 3 months or else you're are going to have these latching issues, suckling issues, and later supply issues.

    Answer by Christina2135 at 11:40 AM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • Christina, how do you know she's using "rubber" nipples?

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:06 PM on Nov. 16, 2009

  • I agree with twogirlsandmore... Had the same problem with too fast of a let down and it spraying. Hand express some then let him nurse. Once your milk is regulated and he gets used to it, it won't be a problem. Took us about a week. Best wishes!

    Answer by SassyJulie at 1:34 PM on Nov. 16, 2009