My baby is fighting with my breast.

Michelle - posted on 03/04/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3 months old and is exclusively breastfed but in the last week or so feeding time has become a wrestling match between us. When i put her to my breast she will take my nipple but then pull and tug at it for 10 mins while makeing a fustrated grunting noise. She does start to suck and relax eventually but it i find it quite destressing and feeding in public is a nightmare, i cant do it discreetly. Has anyone else had this problem??

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Guggie - posted on 03/04/2009

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My daughter just turned 4 months and does this. It means your baby is trying to get a letdown. I second massaging and encouraging letdown before latching on.

Christine - posted on 03/07/2009

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I haven't experienced this but a friend has, she got told by a lactation consultant that the bub was just after more milk faster...so helping out the little one by 'getting the boob prepared' is a good idea. She also got told to feed a little more often for a while to produce more breast milk for the baby.

Liz - posted on 03/07/2009

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my 4 1/2 month old daughter does that as well. it's usually cause she needs to burp. If she keeps doing it then i transfer her to the other breast (she then stops pulling and tugging).

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Jamie - posted on 03/04/2009

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my son is 3 1/2 months and he does this alot lately. it feels like he's trying to rip my nipple off. mostly i think its because of gas. he uses the nipple as a way to clench down to get the gas bubble out

Michelle - posted on 03/04/2009

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Thankyo ladies, I am the only person i know that breastfeeds so i can never ask my friends about theese things. Thank God for places like this hey.

Regina - posted on 03/04/2009

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When I had this problem it was b/c my daughter wasn't getting as much as she wanted right away. Try warming your breasts before a feeding and expressing milk while massaging your breast to get your breast already stimulated since it sounds like she is inpatient like my daughter is. Good luck and I hope that helps.

Emma - posted on 03/04/2009

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all three of my babies have done this from time to time, I think it is usually when they have been overtired, or have some trapped wind my 7wk old seems to do it after tea just as we are trying to get her brothers ready for bed. All I can sugest is to try to feed her before she gets too hungry or tired and don't worry about public feeding its not important what some one else thinks, your feeding your baby that is important!

Colby - posted on 03/04/2009

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My daughter did that and I would just pull it away and say no, then i would give it back a couple mins later and would continue to do so until she would just feed and eventually she just stopped.  you know what they say " don't bite the hand that feeds ya"  I did the same for that too! (teeth)

Jill - posted on 03/04/2009

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Sorry dear. I have no clue why she would be doing that. Call your pedi and ask for a lactation consultant's number to consult with. They might even be able to help over the phone. My pedi has one on call 24/7. good luck!

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