My baby cries when she eats!

Amanda - posted on 09/24/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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For the last 3 days, my little girl - who will be 5 months in 4 days - cries instead of eating. I don't know what to do! She will nurse ok during the day most of the time, but this morning she didn't eat, she latches on and gives a few sucks, but then cries, latches on again, few more sucks, cries & does this a couple of times until she is just crying. It's more in the evenings & during her night feedings. I don't know if it's teething or something else....i have heard of nursing strikes, but do not really know what that is. I haven't started her on solids yet. I am scared that she is not getting all that she wants to eat because this morning as i said she wouldn't eat, but cried, i could hear her little stomach making noises (like she was hungry). One evening I had tried teething tablets & tylenol, but she still cried & didn't eat, so I had ruled out teething. I know for the past month she had always latched on & off, on & off until I had a let down, & then she nursed continuously & happily, but know i don't feel my letdown. Why does my baby cry when she eats? Does anyone have any advice??

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Leslie - posted on 05/25/2012

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also could be that your not producing enough milk.......i have 5 children and was never able to breast feed any of them, and all of them did perfectly fine on carnation good start

Kourtney - posted on 08/11/2010

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my daughter did the same thing!!!! i took her to the doctor and my doctor watched me nurse and checked her mouth she had thrush in the back of her mouth- i have high blood sugar andapparently thats bad for yeast in milk id get it checked - the thrush that is

Chelsea - posted on 09/24/2009

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Could be thrush. Try treating her twice a day for up to four days with Gingian Violet. It's 100% safe and all natural. It's a good thing to use to rule out thrush.

Shirley - posted on 09/24/2009

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She may have an ear infection. If so, it will be painful for her to suck. I would have your pediatrician take a look.

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Jessie - posted on 08/11/2010

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also if you suspect thrush the gentian violet someone else mentioned is a good idea. i got it in my breasts and my son had it on his tushy (yeast infection in diaper area) and the medicine the doctors gave us (nystatin) we were apparently immune too. if you need help/advice ever with thrush add me and I will be glad to share what I know after my experience (it sucked!) with it. xoxox

Jessie - posted on 08/11/2010

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could be teething, thrush (even if you can't see white stuff in their mouth), ear infection (causes pain while the suckle). try different positions and a dim quiet area to nurse in. you could also try taking a bath with her and nursing, sounds crazy but it has helped me in the begining with latching/staying awake to eat with my son

Racheal - posted on 08/11/2010

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could be an ear infection!! does she have any type of a fever?? if in a day or two i would take her to the DR; just because she does need to eat ya know?

Jennifer - posted on 08/11/2010

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to answer your question about teething...i think it varies from baby to baby but my son is usually pretty uncomfortable for about a week-week and a half then the tooth will cut and he's fine. teething tablets worked well most of the time when he was too uncomfortable to eat

Amanda - posted on 09/24/2009

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If it is teething, how long do you think it will last? this will be the 4th day of this.... or after how long do you think I should wait before worrying about whether or not she's getting enough??

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Definitely sounds like she might be teething. Try putting some teething gel (Hylands or Orajel) on her gums a few minutes before feeding her. The tablets may not do enough for her right now. And yes try massaging or pumping to get your milk started for her. If she has to work real hard while teething that my cause more discomfort.

Etta - posted on 09/24/2009

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Have you tried changing position or changing sides? Sometimes that helps with my baby. Also, sometimes they get impatient if the flow doesn't come right away. You can try massaging your breasts just before baby latches or right after baby latches to get the milk flowing.
Be sure you're getting enough to drink during the day too.

Desiree - posted on 09/24/2009

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Do u know how to swuddel your baby? Also try runing yor finger's thouh her hair

Desiree - posted on 09/24/2009

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Do u know how to swuddel your baby? Also try runing yor finger's thouh her hair

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