Donna - posted on 09/30/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )
My son is 7 weeks old and is quite an easy baby. However, sometimes (at least once a day), we have a really hard time breastfeeding. He pulls off, yanks, kicks his legs, and almost claws at my breast (I have a bunch of scratch marks to prove it!) His doctor and a lactation consultant wondered whether my let down wasn't happening fast enough for him. The lactation consultant said the clawing or punching of my breast might be like a nonverbal way he is trying to almost trying to convey that he wanted more. Anyway, it is a really difficult time for me (and him). I worry I'm not producing enough. He is small for his age but he is gaining weight -just on the lower end. Anyway, has anyone else had this experience? How did you deal with it? I can see how some women who are less committed to breastfeeding might give up.