My 2 mo. old loves to nurse.

Jessie - posted on 07/09/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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He is also colicky every night between 8-11 pm is never fun in our house. He would nurse from 8-11 if I let him, but the problem is he will eat, decide he is done settle down and even fall asleep for 10-15 minutes. Then he wakes up screaming (I keep him upright after nursing to help with air bubbles, etc so we don't feel its a reflux issue). We bounce, we walk, we baby wear, etc and he won't calm down. He refuses a pacifier. Many times he gets so worked up and has over-eaten so much that he spits up and then immediately wants to nurse again. I know colic will pass, but any ideas from those who have been there before? I know its easier to say "just nurse him" but realistically from 8-11? it can't happen and its really affecting my 22 month old's sleep schedule since his brother keeps up the whole block when he gets to wailing.

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Karen - posted on 07/12/2010

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My Baby is a breastfed baby and even when it feels like it will never end it does! Rescue remedy helped just to calm me and my bubs so try that.....but generally just nursing is the most helpful...Holly lived on my boob for the first 2.5 months!

Kim - posted on 07/11/2010

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My 2mnth is the same. Every night from 8 to 11 is a nursing cluster. She just can't get enough. I try to get her to take her suckie, and some nights my husband will give her a bottle of pumped milk to give me a break. I also try to keep her swaddled really tightly. If there is another time in the day that would work better for a nursing cluster, keep offering him the breast in that window... Good luck

Jessie - posted on 07/11/2010

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Thanks everyone. I am pretty adamant about him only getting breastmilk for at least the first 6 months so I hesitate to have him put on any reflux meds. Especially since I'm not certain that is the problem. However, I researched ways to help with reflux without meds and found the new fisher-price sleeper that is elevated. I also think he is like Stina's baby above and just wants to suckle and eats way too much. Its one thing to let him suckle if he is almost asleep but if he is wide awake and sucking, I know he is going to puke it back up because its too much and them scream because he's puked. He normally refuses a pacifier, gags on it and usually pukes that way too. Last night we put him in the sleeper swaddled with the new LeapFrog newborn puppy that has white noise just before he usually gets all worked up I made sure to nurse him every hour if he wanted to but in between we put him in the sleeper with the white noise and got him to take a pacifier to suckle in between nursing. He fussed some, but didn't do his normal scream session...SUCCESS. Then to top it off, since the sleeper is approved for overnight sleep, he slept in there from 11p.m-5:15am. And woke up happy and has nursed played and napped off and on all morning. So all 4 of us got a great night's sleep.

Mary - posted on 07/09/2010

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I cut out dairy and soy, nursed often. In the end, what saved our sanity with colic was the happiest baby on the block DVD. See if you can get it from your library. It's really short, and seeing the techniques for calming worked a lot more for me than reading the book (although I liked the book). It was combining 4-5 techniques at once that helped. The only problem is we had to keep it up...the second we stopped she started crying again.

Racheal - posted on 07/09/2010

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yes this is true about the startling reflex. swaddling might help. it sounds like he just wants to be super comforted

Marabeth - posted on 07/09/2010

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this may or may not apply to you but cutting dairy out of my diet helped me when my daughter was two months old. she was getting little spots of blood in her stool so i tried eliminating dairy and it pretty much immediately cleared up. what i didn't expect was for her also spit up about 75% less often and to just generally be a lot less fussy. i think i've read to try the dairy elimination for about two weeks before giving up from no improvement. good luck and remember (like everyone says) this time will pass very quickly! :)

Heather - posted on 07/09/2010

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are you swaddling him? we used the swaddleme brand untill he was rolling over. it was a life saver. it was the only way he would sleep and stay alseep. curbs the startle reflex.

Stina - posted on 07/09/2010

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My second baby would eat and eat until she threw up. Her pediatritian suggested offering her a pacifier once she seemed full b/c she was basically overeating trying to satisfy her great need to suckle and I had an abundance of milk.

So, against everything I said I would never do, I got her a pacifier and when she had nursed from both sides, seemed full but still wanting to suckle, I gave her the pacifier. It worked really well. If she was still hungry, she'd reject the pacifier and I gave her more milk, but it really helped with the vomiting from eating more than her tummy could hold.

Lying down to nurse is a huge help too- but b/c you say he has over-eaten and spat up, I thought I'd share my experience with baby #2

Jessie - posted on 07/09/2010

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Thanks, tried it all. He has slept with me since his first night. (the nurses in the hospital gave me a hard time letting him sleep with me but I didn't care-helps with milk supply) He is great once we get past 11pm. No matter how I try to settle him he gets worked up again and we start over. The only other thing that has worked is a bath. And not the sponge bath. We have a garden tub and I fill it, get in with him and submerge him from the neck down. He loves it. He cries when we get out, but then we snuggle and nurse, he falls asleep against my bare breast and then wakes up the same way 10-15 min later just furious. I know its all normal. Just wondered if other moms had some tips from experience. And he gets his brother upset because there is no where in the house we can't hear him cry. So then my toddler is worked up because he doesn't understand why the baby is upset and he won't go to sleep until he knows his brother is okay.

Racheal - posted on 07/09/2010

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when he is asleep those 15 do you take your nipple out of his mouth?? if you do next time try and leave it in, dont unlatch him..then when he wakes up for a few more suckles he has it...my son does that at night to. just wants to suck once or twice then he goes to sleep and is fine..sometimes babys dont fall into a deep sleep as fast as we think they do and when they wake up the need it to go back to sleep like they did the first time, its just gonna take some trial and error! GOOD LUCK, and best wishes, im here for any questions you have...BF is near and dear to my heart

Racheal - posted on 07/09/2010

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actually you should just try laying in bed with him with your nipple in his mouth..he might just really be hungry! nights are 1000000 times better if you nurse laying in your bed and just (dare i say) plop your boob right in his mouth..then you can go back to sleep to.

Racheal - posted on 07/09/2010

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reflux....my baby did to, gave him zantac and after a few months he grew out of the dosage and doesn't need it anymore..dont freak out its totally normal i promise! even BF babies get it

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