Wondering why my lil man is on & off the boob so much??

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I am breastfeeding my 3 month old boy...and was wondering if anyone knows why he might be on and off all the time??



He does not have Jaundice...He is gaining weight really well (about 2 lbs or so per 2 - 3 weeks)...He's a very happy baby hardly ever cries except for gas...

But yet when he gets to the boob (MOST TIMES) he will sometimes feed for a minute or so then push his face into the boob and detach then re attach and repeat...it gets pretty frustrating! Sometimes at the end he will just smile and re attach later and that I dont mind because well hes smiling so I know hes happy...but do you know why he might be pushing his face into my boob detaching and then wanting more??

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Jamie - posted on 04/02/2010

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you'd know if you had a clogged duct, they're painful, very sensitive to touch and when you squeeze you'll feel a spot that almost feels like a rock where the duct is clogged.

Amy - posted on 04/02/2010

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My daughter Kara did the same thing she would get off and get back on and her doctor said that the baby knows where to point there noses to get at the milk ducts. I had a VERY painful plugged duct once and after a hot shower massage and lots of tears. I got Kara on the boob and it was amazing to watch her get on and then off pointing her nose a different way everytime. The process was slow and painful but we got that duct unplugged!

Jamie - posted on 04/02/2010

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Is he doing this just recently or for awhile? If so 3 months is about time for a growth spurt.

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Lea-Andra - posted on 04/05/2010

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My daughter spits out the pacifiers. When my daughter pulls off, she is either done or has gas. So I always try to burp first and then offer again. But I never thought about lower gas.

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yes! that could totally be it tooo...He HATES pacifiers Does anyone know how to get them to like it? I've introduced them to him everyday and I always get the same thing..wahh wahh wahhhh

Barbara - posted on 04/05/2010

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My Little Guys .. dose the same thing!! he is my 4th..... he useing you as pacifer... he's not really hungry... but if there he'll take it... when he starts it try talking to him or gave him .. a pacifer ......you'll know when he really gets hungry... he'll cry!!

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thanks i was having the same problems with amber now 21wks on reading this topic it hs help but she mainly does on nite time feeds so i thought it was 4 reasurance that i was there ;)x

Ellen - posted on 04/05/2010

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My lil man is 3 months today and he seems to do this when he's playing . he smiles so I think he thinks it's fun :) then he smiles :)

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YES! Ive finally figured it out...I tried what everyone has suggested or what they did with their babies (thank you all for your comments!)
But It was infact....him passing wind.
Ill take him off and just do the motions of a bicycle with his legs and let him toot it out and then go back to feeding he just wanted to take it out on my booby I guess!
Hopefully that helps if anyone else has been having this problem and couldn't figure it out.

Lisa - posted on 04/05/2010

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My 5 month old does exactly the same. I've been told it's either that they are massaging the milk ducts to help let down, or that they have wind...I usually stop for a while and distract him, or swop boob and then carry on. He's putting on weight too and seems very happy!

Nicole - posted on 04/04/2010

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You should head to a local Laleche league meeting. they will be able to answer questions like this and you can meet like minded people. I think it's a letdown issue. Good Luck. He is a little young to be "playing" but anything is possible. Just keep nursing your baby!

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aw that sounds pretty cute! hehe
but my guy is def. frustrated :( Because he is a very happy guy as well and i've tried to make him laugh or stop for a bit to see if hes just messing around but there's something going on with him..now when i do it i just stop feeding and he just fusses and kicks alot so I think Im going to stick with my gut and guess its gas or something in the works because nothign else has worked or made sence... I will keep trying to make him smile tho :)

Belinda - posted on 04/03/2010

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my boy does this and he is three moinths old.i think that he is just playing and learning how things work if he does this i wait a few more minutes and play and giggle with him then put him on again later.i thought it was cos i had not enough milk but that isnt the case then i thought i had too much and this is sometimes true for me as my milk flows pretty fast but sometimes it is a little slower so he can get lazy and frustrated and tugs at my nipples. but generally as he is laughing and fairly happy when he is pushing his head into my boob and detaching, then reattaching so i think he is just mucking about and he likes to see my funny reactions when i laugh and get a bit frustrated when he does it at times.

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Unfortanetlly ive tried that..
BUT Ive realized hes actually frustrated with something..because when he is distracted hes still happy and just looks around then goes back
this is him more overcome by pain maybe? He seems like he could be in pain..
Even today he didnt want to even feed but he wanted it then hed get mad and cry?? and push his face into the boob? its just very confusing
but thankyou everyone for your comments!

Sherron - posted on 04/02/2010

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At three months, he might be getting distracted by the rest of the world when he is nursing. You might try finding a more quiet place to nurse and see if that helps.

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Very interesting!! I wonder if I have that as well?? I dont feel any pain and he usually empties me out every time...But I can give the warm bath a try and see if it helps..thanks!

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Yeah that is exactly what im talkin gabout lllyssa! very aggrivated but he is gaining lots of weight so its confusing....maybe just gas pains? Im not quite sure..

Illyssa - posted on 04/02/2010

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My son is 9 weeks old and he does the exact same thing. He almost acts aggravated like he's not getting enough. He is gaining weight and i'm changing lots of wet diapers each day so I know thats not the problem...I rub his back and make the "shhh" sound to try and relax him and that seems to help sometimes. Other than that i'm not really sure either.

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Thanks for all your comments!
He has only been doing this for about a month now...But he almost seems like he might be aggrivated? so Maybe he wants more milk? or less? I do sometimes have alot of milk coming out at one time but THEN he stays still haha you can hear him gulping reallly fast and he will detach then if its too much all at once and go back on but I was thinking it might be gas? but only 80% of the time he will actually fart after the frustration but he does really seem frustrated....as well even if hes not on the boob he sometimes stuffs his fists into his face is that normal?

Christine - posted on 04/02/2010

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I think its just that some babies start noticing the world around them and want to see the world and test out there ability to move around in it. My son started probably at 3 months doing that and I think he just didn't want to miss anything.

Allison - posted on 04/02/2010

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I don't have any great advice, but my son seemed to do this for fun, I don't remember at what age. He quit doing it after a while, but then occassionally got in the mood to do it again...even at almost 2! So I'm pretty sure for him it was just fun. It might be a little different than for your guy, and there could be another reason for yours - is he getting curious or distracted looking around? Like she suggested is it overactive let down, or the opposite and he wants it to come faster at first? Is he latching well?

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