Jennifer - posted on 01/31/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )
My son is 19weeks old and has always been a bit fussy while feeding(not 100% sure why). My paediatrician put him on Losec(an adult reflux meds) to treat his 'silent reflux' and he is still on them until 6mos.
He had really bad wind as a baby and i could never get him to burp and he used to arch his back and pull off the breast etc. In my personal opinion I think he was getting too much foremilk causing belly aches and he was also choking on my fast letdown and swallowing air.
**My issue today**
Some of his feeds are relaxed and peaceful (maybe half of them) and he happily drinks away while some feeds he pulls off after the first 30 seconds then goes back on. He will do this up to 10 times (like a woodpecker) then finally cries and doesn't want to feed. He doesn't seem to want a feed when he wakes up at 7am even if his last feed was at 10:30pm. Sometimes he will take a feed a couple hours later but I usually have to stand and pat his bum to 'distract him' from pulling off. I have tried to see if there is anything consistent such as certain times of the day, tiredness, breasts too full etc but nothing adds up. sometimes during his bedtime feed he will take 30 minutes on both breasts and be really relaxed and other times I have to keep taking breaks and putting him back on so he has a feed. I am feeding on demand if he asks for it but I am also attempting a schedule which spaces feeds out:
7am, 11am, 3pm, 6:30om, 10:30pm(dream feed), and night feeds if he wakes. Sometimes he doesn't pull off straight away so I thought he was being impatient with my next letdown as he now handles my fast letdown. I have also wondered if I have enough milk? I seem to but haven't pumped to check. Sometomes he will feed happily on the opposite breast if I offer it and other times he is not interested with anything. I stop to burp him frequently but surely he doesn't need a burp the first 20 seconds he feeds??
Has anyone had similar issues with breast feeding? I feel like I am turning him into a grazer the last couple of days because I am constantly offering him a feed because he is fussy and his feed times are so short. If I feel him drain my breast I know its a good feed:)