Katie - posted on 07/21/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )
Hi Ladies! I am happily nursing my second child, 3 month old Avalina, and I plan to continue as long as I can. Avalina has some behaviors that I'm a little mystified by, and it seems to make our nursing sessions unproductive, leaving me with milk left in my breasts. Here is what happens, the best way I can explain it.
Lina will begin to nurse and seems to be doing just fine for a minute or two, but then she pulls off and screams like she is in horrible pain, still only about a couple centimeters from my breast. It takes me awhile to get her to chill out, and when I finally feel like she's calmed down enough, I try again, and I get the same result. She also arches her back, and she's a big spitter-upper. Her weight gain is fine so she appears to be getting enough, but what is the deal with that? I find it quite frustrating, especially since we do also have nursings where she doesn't do that, she's relaxed and nurses happily on one side and then the next. She exhibits similar behavior when she gets pumped breastmilk from a bottle.
Does this sound like acid reflux to anyone? This is my only guess as to what might be going on. I am not worried so much about the crying as I am that she seems like she's in so much pain, and I don't want the experience of eating to be associated with pain for her.
We took her to the doctor this morning and he really didn't give us much of an answer, like, "well, she MIGHT have reflux, but we're just going to watch and see". Well he doesn't deal with her all day long now does he?!
Anyway, I was hoping someone might have suggestions, ideas, anything for me on this. Is it possible that something in my diet is doing it? I am skeptical of that explanation because her behavior is the same no matter what I eat
I really appreciate your help ladies!! Viva la breastfeeding! :)