My 7 week baby girl seems to want to constantly eat i am EBF

Kim - posted on 10/09/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hey,

For the past 4-5 days my daughter has been constantly eating between 7pm and 10pm with just 10 to 15 minutes in between feeds. She will fall asleep on my breast then when i put her in bed she will wake up crying wanting to feed again. Last night she was on my breast for 30minutes came of for 8 minutes then back on for 10. This morning she has also been constantly feeding, not even wanting to sleep. She wont accept a pacifier no matter how hard i try which i know is a good thing too but i'm worried she is using my breast as her pacifier. She is constantly bopping her head looking for food, she will occasionally suck her hand then come frustrated (maybe because no milk is coming?) and start screaming/crying.

She normally feeds every 2 hours day and night.

Is she just having a growth spurt? Or am i becoming her pacifier?

I am a first time mom, any advice would be greatly appreciated :)

Kim x

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Holly Janelle - posted on 11/13/2011

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I went through the exact same thing girl I'm a first time mommy also my daughter is 8 months as of this coming Saturday. It sounds like a growth spurt big time exept when my daughter went through a growth apart it was all day nursing so your lucky it's only a few hors and like you said 10 minutes inbetween feedings. She is just getting your supply up and where she needs it. Grab a good book, watch a full season of your favorite show, rent a couple of movies you want to see. You probably won't get alot done around the house the next couple of days but don't stress you'll be able to catch back up when the growth spurt is over. Your doing great mommy, your giving your sweet baby the best gift ever!!! And it's ok to be your babies pacifier I am a walking pacifier, it's great for our milk supply and my daughters comfort and I love that. I know that it won't last forever and before I know it she's going to be running around and independent and I'll miss it. :)

Heather - posted on 10/10/2011

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I honestly would get her on a pacifier, try the NAM ones, both of my kids took right to them, and I was no longer their pacifier!

Lori - posted on 10/09/2011

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Like the others said, it does sound like a growth spurt, and cluster feeding. It's completely normal, and it won't last forever. You can't spoil her by letting her nurse to much. Sure babies use us moms as a pacifier, but ultimately that's good for your milk supply, and for letting baby know that you're there for her when she needs you.

I know those long sessions can be exhausting, but try to make yourself comfy. Park yourself in front of the TV with some good movies, or have a book near you. Make sure you've got plenty of water within reach, and just keep nursing your baby. Sounds like you're doing great.

Cara - posted on 10/09/2011

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Sounds lke she has likely hit a growth spurt or possbily isn't feeling well and wants the comfort of nursing. I have heard time and time again that they wont use your breast as a binky and have found that to be untrue with both of my kids. I could tell by their suckle whether they were nursing to eat or nursing for comfort(using me as a binky). Chances are for her age tho that she has hit a growth spurt. it is very common. just be patient and give it a few days, she'll get back in to her normal routine soon hun!

Celeste - posted on 10/09/2011

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I agree with Amy. Probably a growth spurt and cluster feeding. She's totally normal and sounds like you're doing great!

Amy - posted on 10/09/2011

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She's probably having a growth spurt and what she's doing is called cluster feeding. It's very common the first couple of months and usually happens in the early evening. It's your babies way of letting your body know that it's nit making enough. Keep doing what you're doing eventually your body will catch up to the demands of your baby. If I recall my daughter cluster fed till about 4 months and from then on just would feed a long time before bed.

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