Over the last few weeks my 5.5 month old has become a very poor nurser. She will latch on and nurse for about 1 minute and then she will pull off, arch her back, and scream. If I try to put her back to the breast after a burp or a little break she will just arch away and scream again. If I just put her on the floor to play though she stops crying and is happy again. She does this at every nursing session during the day.
I'm at a loss of what to do. I nurse her every 3 hours during the day and I have been trying to stretch that to 3.5 hours or so to see if it makes a difference (like maybe I was just trying to feed her and she wasn't hungry or something) but it hasn't seemed to help. I have also tried nursing in a quiet, dark room to see if maybe she was just getting distracted but it has made no difference.
Asked by Anonymous at 1:51 AM on Feb. 18, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)
Answer by texasmamaof3 at 2:07 AM on Feb. 18, 2010
Answer by texasmamaof3 at 2:11 AM on Feb. 18, 2010
It could be different things.Â Â Check out http://www.kellymom.com/Â Â andÂ http://www.drjacknewman.com/Â Â .Â Kellymom especially is full of info.Â Â Â Â Â It could be that your letdown is not happening as fast as the baby wants and she gets frustrated -- it might help to pump or hand express first to get it flowing so there is immediate gratification.Â Â Â Â Or you could offer the breast more often (say every two hours) to see ifÂ the problem is that her hunger is so all encompassing that she doesn't want to nurse because she's busy being mad.Â Â Â Â or it could be that she is too interesting in learningÂ a new milestone (like rolling over) to bother with eating during the day and so wants to nurse at night when there isn't anything else interesting to do.Â
Answer by ThrivingMom at 9:39 AM on Feb. 18, 2010