observation, hope it's not a pattern

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observation, hope it's not a pattern
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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 2:16pm

During this week DS has been fussy at the last feeding before bed (~11pm). Most of the time I have been able to calm him and then he will eat. Lately this has been more difficult and yesterday he was like this at his 2pm feeding as well. He latches and then unlatches, back and forth with both breasts. I feed on cue. He is tired, perhaps just too tired at that moment, but does not fall asleep at the breast. He naps during the day like usual. The night before last as well as both times yesterday DH and I gave him bottles of EM, which he took just fine, and then he calmed down and fell asleep. I tried to feed him for about 1.5 hours like this ysterday afternoon before I pumped and gave that to him in a bottle. Ugh. Has anyone else experienced this? How long did it last? Anything I can do to sooth him and get him to feed without the bottle? Oh, and yes, I make sure to pump since I miss that feeding.

Thanks!

I should add...things I've tried:

-hand expression into his mouth

-holding my breast (cupping)

-different positions

-walking, rocking, swaying, swaddling, shooshing

-pacifier if he won't latch back on

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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 3:56pm
Maybe it's slow letdown? Kellymom has a page (search slow letdown). Maybe pump till letdown then latch him on? Start with the bottle then switch to the breast? Try nursing in the bath?

 


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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 4:12pm

Oh, I forgot, I did try bottle then breast-- no go. Not sure if it's a slow letdown, as one time I remember thinking 'I know the milk is there because it is leaking over here (the side he wasn't on)' then switching him to that side and he didn't stay latched and wouldn't when I tried immediately again. I have done the deep relaxing breathing in the past, it works sometimes but not always.

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Wed, 04-18-2012 - 7:45pm

Sigh...this just happened again. He was feeding just fine for about 15min. He looked like he was going to fall asleep and then he started fussing. I tried switching sides and he started crying. I put him back on the other side, no change, then tried hand expressing, no. We tried the pacifier, no. Burping, no. Relaxing breath, no....and so forth. I gave him the ounce I had in the refrigerator (warmed it up), but he still was not pleased. I pumped and gave him what I pumped right away (another ounce). By this time DH was home and it was almost time for DS to get hungry again. DH mixed up some formula and gave him another ounce. DS looked sleepy again and was letting the formula drip out of his mouth so I gave him the pacifier and he fell asleep. While DH was mixing formula I pulled out 4oz breastmilk from the freezer to thaw. When DS fell asleep I put it in the refrigerator in case we need it tonight. I'd much rather give that than more formula. We were supplementing with formula due to DS slowly gaining weight and had just stopped yesterday.

Grrr. I'm going to take a nap.

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Thu, 04-19-2012 - 10:18am

I'm sorry I can't remember how old your LO is, but could it be teething at this age?

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Thu, 04-19-2012 - 6:18pm

Thank you for the suggestion. DS is 7 weeks old, so he might be a bit early for teething. I have heard that some do get teeth early so who knows.

DS was a slow weight gainer because he is a 'lazy eater'. He sucks and swallows when he wants, sometimes at a good rate and but mostly not. He was taking over an hour to feed. His weight gain and bf rate were much better with the supplement. We have now stopped supplementing with the exception of his fussy bf moment yesterday when I didn't have enough milk in the refrigerator. I'm wondering if this is more of the 'lazy eater' thing. Sigh. I might be headed to exclusive pumping land. IDK.

I might call the lactation consultant tomorrow.

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