What does it mean when my newborn pulls off and cries while breastfeeding?

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I'll be nursing my 3 week old and she pulls off after a session for a while. She arches her back, cries and shakes her head no or rubs her mouth left to right along the nipple. Does it mean I do not have enough milk? I will squeeze my breast and I see milk come out, not much but some.

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Sarah - posted on 08/29/2011

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Have you tried burping her when she pulls off? It may just be that she has some wind and is uncomfortable. My 6 week old boy (2nd baby) does the same thing when he has wind, so I just take him off, bring up his wind and he's happy to go back on again. Some babies are just "windy" babies and you need to burp them more often.

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Make sure you're not waiting too long to feed. My first would do this when she was frustrated because I missed her early hunger cues. Early hunger cues are increased alertness, smacking lips, chewing/sucking hands, rooting. The late hunger cue is crying. When she pulls off is it during letdown? Does she gag or chock during the letdown. You could have a fast letdown. Here's more info on that: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-l...

Babies behavior is not an indicator of supply issues. Watch diapers. If she's having 5-6+ wet diapers in 24 hours then your supply is fine. Keep nursing. It gets easier!

Angie - posted on 08/16/2011

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I have had the same problem recently with my 7 week old. I am not sure the cause of this but I will give him his pacy for a second to calm him, then pull it out and he re-latches fine for me after that.



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Aleks - posted on 09/01/2011

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The fact that you can squeeze some milk out means that you DO NOT have a supply issue.
Sounds more like what Sarah Cobbett mentioned... most likely gas/burping needed.
Good luck.

Cynthia - posted on 08/31/2011

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It could be she has gas my daughter does that and she has esophagus reflux that causes a lot of heartburn/gas and throws up a lot. Just burp her and when she does burp out her back on she should take it

Amy - posted on 08/29/2011

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My 5 week old does this sometimes. My mom told me, who nursed 4 kids, said its because they are not getting enough milk. Try switching go the other breast or squeeze milk in its mouth. B

Brooke - posted on 08/25/2011

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I had this same problem... I did take it as low milk supply, I have also had an underlying issue with supply. When I spoke o my Dr he put me on motilium.. so now I have had no issues.

My son had been pulling off as soon as he latched, this would be as soon as I saw him stir I would try and feed.
I tried everything from feeding more frequent, I was actually home for the past week with him constantly attached, I tried drinking even more water, oats, pumping after feeds, vitamins etc.. but in the end I started the motilium and with in the day I had a happy baby with full nappies.

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