Why does my newborn do this?

Michelle - posted on 05/22/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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my 3 week old is fed regularly like about 2-3 hrs and about every 4 during bedtime.

my question is..why does she always make these grunting noises when feeding from the bottle. she also moves a LOT while feeding, touching her face, moving her arms around, touching the bottle, making noises. is that pretty normal?

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Amber - posted on 05/24/2009

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My son does it while breastfeeding. He grunts, wiggles, clenches his hands (weather they be on his face or on my side) but dosent seem to be in any kind of discomfort. Although: Sometimes he does whine and cry and its obvious that although he is not wanting to stop eating he is in some sort of discomfort. This is normally wind like mentioned above.

Shelley - posted on 05/22/2009

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My little one is almost 3 months old and is breasfed. Since she was born she has made little grunting and cooing noises, runs her hands through her hair and sometimes pulls her hair, touches her face and does small little leg kicks throughout the feeding. The grunting noises seem to be less now but the hair thing continues. I think they are just really happy to be eating and cuddled by Mommy and that is the only way they can express their excitement.

Sarah - posted on 05/23/2009

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Hi Michelle,

I think it could be wind but would only recommend gripe water if you have trouble with getting wind out of her.

My son used to do this all the time and after weeks of trying to work out what was bothering him i accidently found out it was the temperature of the bottle. I warmed the bottle more than normal by accident (not hot- just warmer than normal) and he didn't do all the fussing! It was amazing. I warm my bottle by putting it in a jug of boiling hot water so i just made sure i left it in there a little longer than normal and he stopped fussing completely. Now, he will only fuss if it really is too cool for him. It may not be this, it could well be wind (Thomas can also fuss if he has wind in the same way but he is very good at giving Mummy the burpies lol) but i thought i'd share what i found out with my son xx

Amy - posted on 05/24/2009

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I agree with most everyone else. i think it's normal. my oldest daughter (now two and a half) grunted. both my daughters are wiggly. i'd say unless there's a problem with feeding and u think it's fussy and not just movement for the sake of movement, then it's fine. u could also ask ur doctor to be sure.

Sarah - posted on 05/26/2009

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It's normal for babies to do this. It's their way of becoming aware of their surroundings. They are also trying to still get accustomed to sucking, swallowing & breathing all at the same time. It's normal & it goes away as your baby grows.

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Julie - posted on 05/27/2009

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your child might have acid reflux. does the baby spit up a lot? My cousin's son and daughter had that. If your child is moving the legs a lot when your feeding him/her it could be that. It could also be the type of nipple your useing

Jenny - posted on 05/25/2009

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My daughters the same, she grunts when feeding and put's her hands up to her face rubbing them vigousley on her face when she's ready for a feed. I think it's all normal lol x

Victoria - posted on 05/23/2009

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it's completely normal. she's not used to moving around in your womb, now she can and she is learning what she is doing. the grunting is cute. it's the stage right before cooing, the sweet little noises babies make. the grunting is her way of "talking" to you.

Rosy - posted on 05/23/2009

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i agree with simone its most definatly wind try gripe water once your baby is 1mntth old

Simone - posted on 05/23/2009

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it sounds like it maybe wind, my daughter does that when she has alot of wind

Nicole - posted on 05/22/2009

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I think that the grunting is part of them getting used to breathing while eating as well at the same time...since not too long ago she didn't have to do either. the moving and touching I think she does because feeding time is exploring and getting to know you time by looking, touching , moving etc...but that's just me lol :-) have fun with your little one because time flies...

Emily - posted on 05/22/2009

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I do not know if it is normal, but I can tell you that my daughter was the same way....she even used to grunt a lot when she was not feeding. She is 4 1/2 months old now and doesnt grunt anymore at all really and moves and touches her face considerable less than she used to.

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