Odd nursing behavior (for us) Any ideas?

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Odd nursing behavior (for us) Any ideas?
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Sun, 07-26-2009 - 12:45pm

For the last several days my LO (almost 1 year actual, 9 months adjusted) has been nursing on one side for 30 seconds-1 minute and then pulls off and whines, stiffens her body. She refuses the breast she was on so I switch breasts and she does the exact same thing......this continues her entire feed. Back and forth, back and forth. She does not do this for her night feedings or when I am putting her down to nap. Any clue why she is doing this?


Thanks so much!!!




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Sun, 07-26-2009 - 2:47pm

You supply could be dropping some. I would try pumping if possible.

Also it could be that she only wants to nurse threw let down and then stops after that. I know that my LO loves to nurse until the let down is gone and then switch side...then she switches back and forth and over and over again lol. It could just be the age.

They also don't need to nurse as long any more. I know that Olivia barely nurses 5-10 minutes anymore IF THAT. But in that time she can get 2-3 oz.

Have you checked to see if she has an ear infection?

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Registered: 01-22-2006
Sun, 07-26-2009 - 9:11pm

I agree with pp about it being the age. They are very impatient as they get older!


I also agree that it is worth checking for an ear infection. How long has this been going on? With ear infections, my boys always had a hard time swallowing. Around naps/night it is never as bad since they are sleepier. Teething can also do it.


Good luck!


Cathy

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Wed, 07-29-2009 - 2:54pm

Thanks ladies!


I was worried about an ear infection but my Dr. said that it is almost always accompanied by cold symptoms, unless she has had an ear infection prior without those symptoms. It could be teething, but last set of teeth she nursed around the clock, instead of pulling of and screeching:) Maybe all teeth are different?


She has also had frequent night wakings since this started. I think it may be a combo of dip in supply (it is my AF time right now), the age (impatient and curious about everything but nursing) and maybe teething? I really narrowed it down, didn't I? LOL


Hmmm.....I maybe have to see how long this lasts and start process of elimination!


Thanks again:)


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 07-29-2009 - 4:37pm

Just one more idea that may help. This scenario isn’t exactly like yours but what I did may be helpful if it’s b/c she’s impatient for the let down:


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Registered: 11-03-2008
Wed, 07-29-2009 - 5:56pm

Thanks Kathy, I will definetly give it a try! If this behavior is due to impatience, I suppose this may be her first form of a temper tantrum! They grow up too fast:(


Thanks again!




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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 07-29-2009 - 6:05pm
Ah yes...... don't forget having a strong will..........though very annoying to the parents of such a child (I have personal experience) means that same child will be able to assert his will when it comes to not accepting drugs, or doing "what all the other kids are doing". So though it's hard there is an upside to a strong will. ((HUG))

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Registered: 07-25-2006
Thu, 08-06-2009 - 11:22am
How are things going?

 

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Registered: 11-03-2008
Fri, 08-07-2009 - 10:38am

Hi Theresa!


Things are going better:) She was pulling off, arching, crying and switching back and forth for about two weeks and this week she has only done