Clamping and pulling

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Registered: 07-25-2007
Clamping and pulling
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Tue, 02-08-2011 - 10:40am

For the past few days my DS (6months) hasn't been very nice to my left side. He's fine with my right but with my left he clamps down and pulls off - which hurts, there's even a red mark developing. He also just doesn't seem to settle down and get comfy he's latching, letting go, clamping, pulling, arching his back. (i should also add that my left nipple isn't as pulled out as my right). I know this sounds like a let down issue but it just started and it's only on the left. I do have a fast let down though but I don't think that's it.

I'm wondering if it's either teething, a mini strike or could he be developing a preference for the right side? Like all the pulling and clamping and arching is his way of saying no thank you. He also doesn't feed quite as long or as frequently and he doesn't seem as needy toward me, meaning he doesn't comfort nurse. He's also WAY more interested in solids. We haven't really started solids yet, rice cereal maybe 10 times. BUT Sunday I gave him a few tiny tiny pieces of cracker and he got all frantic and was just grabbing and trying to shove stuff in his mouth. So I nursed him because I didn't want to eat very much. Then I gave him to dh. Once Henry saw dh was eating he got all frantic and grabby again even after nursing, in fact if dh was too slow he would start crying. So he had maybe three tiny pieces of cracker, nursed for about 10 minutes THEN had like 5 or 6 spoons of mashed potatoes.

So I guess I'm wondering how teething effects nursing and could starting solids effect nursing in the same way that they can develop a preference for bottle over breast? I have read about making sure to nurse then do solids about an hour later. Although I don't really want to do too many purees. I would prefer to exclusively bf until he's ready for table food, let him lead on how he starts solids. BUT of course I don't want him to go too fast at it either, he's only 6 month (and 21 pounds I might add).

Thanks so much!!


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Tue, 02-08-2011 - 11:49am

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Sun, 02-13-2011 - 4:57am

As well as the possibility of teething, I am wondering about the possibility of an ear infection that is making one side hurt.

Have you tried feeding him on the right side, then sliding him over to feed on the left, with his feet out to your left side still, so that his head is not facing the other way? If the above things are hurting, then maybe placing his body the same way for the left as it is for the right will help. If it continues to be a problem or he shows other signs of an ear infection, then seek medical advice.

Teresa

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Registered: 07-25-2007
Mon, 02-14-2011 - 2:15pm

Thanks ladies! He's actually stopped. I'm not sure what he was up to just glad he's not doing it anymore.


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Tue, 02-15-2011 - 11:48pm