Breastfeeding

Ashley Malinda - posted on 10/06/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hello there. I have a 8 and 1/2 month old who has a really lazy latch and likes to work his way off of areola down to just the nipple which is uncomfortable. He doesn't like to constantly suck, he sucks a little very lightly and drinks some then makes the sucking motion with his mouth although he isn't getting anything. He will not hold onto it and constantly lets it slip out sucks it back in. There is always air getting in on the sides and constant clicking sounds. He goes through periods of time in which he doesn't have the latch problem but for some reason he always finds his way back. Has anyone else had this problem? Oh and he's very fidgety whilst nursing also. When he finally starts to get comfortable the lazier the latch lol

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Sarah - posted on 10/06/2016

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How often is he nursing? I am with Sarah E. on the comfort thing. Sounds more like comfort nursing then actual hungry nursing. I would connect with a lactation consultant so they can see how he nurses and maybe help out that way. If it is not comfort nursing I would also talk to your doctor as it could be signs of other issues with the mouth and possibly speech down the road. If it is comfort nursing I would try spreading out the nursing sessions and also stop nursing when he gets lazy. Just like nursing when they bite.....if you stop when they do a behavior you don't want then they figure it out and stop doing the behavior. Again make sure there is no underlying issue with the mouth.

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Ashley Malinda - posted on 10/07/2016

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The thought of stopping is so depressing but I don't want to constantly have him struggle either I just wish there was an easier way. He has started solids and a sippy cup he's doing pretty well with both but does not take a pacifier at all. I haven't pumped for atleast 7 months. I was only getting 1-3 oz at a time but it is definitely something I want to start again because I'll be going back to school by next month. Is there something that works to bring back the amount of milk I had before?

Sarah - posted on 10/07/2016

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Nursing a baby is a relationship. For some a very easy and fulfilling one, for others not so much. You have provided your baby the best for 8 months! If you are not happy with the way things are going, it is ok to change the relationship. You don't have to be uncomfortable and struggling to get him latched and stay latched. Is he starting solids and a sippy cup? You could pump for him and give him your milk in a cup. As long as he has gained weight and met milestones, you have done your job! Does he use a pacifier? If so, you could offer that at the end of a feed to comfort him. Keep it warm and right there so as he pulls off, you can give it to him and continue to hold him close and cuddle.

Ashley Malinda - posted on 10/06/2016

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he took a bottle with breast milk about 6-8 times when he was a new born, with a little formula to help him gain calories he only weighed 4 pounds. I discontinued that one week after his birth. He grew two teeth at the bottom one month ago, but he's been doing this since he was 2 and 1/2 months. He cries and whines a little when I take him off after 10-12 minutes which is when the drinking stops. And he only nurses 3-6 times a day. We went to a lactation nurse when was 4 months but she didn't really say anything except that he would grow out of it and that he extremely active and his doctor says its comfort nursing. Should I just let him do it for as long as I can stand the comfort nursing, or would that make the issue worse?

Sarah - posted on 10/06/2016

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At 8.5 months, he should be a pro and nursing efficiently. Was has EBF since birth? This may be a form of non-nutritive nursing, that he is doing for comfort and to be close to you. He could be teething or even just playing a bit. What happens if you take him from the breast when he starts letting go?

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