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Breastfeeding tip : Recognising a growth spurt

* You feel as though you haven't got enough
* Baby getting upset at the breast (though can be a sign of other common problems)
* Baby is breastfeeding often or almost nonstop (feel like baby is always wanting to feed)
* A baby who was previously sleeping through the night is now waking to breast feed several times
* Baby will latch and unlatch, fussing in between

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Post by morgan on Thu May 15, 2008 7:17 am

hi everyone. i'm feeling rather frustrated and fed up at the mo because my 7 1/2 month old has been doing this thing of going on and off the breast repeatedly, for some weeks. I switch sides because i can see he is still hungry, he latches on eagerly, then comes off either crying or fussing again. then i switch sides again because i cannot get him to re-latch on to the same breast - he will just keep fussing/fighting it. this can happen up to 10 times!

He isnt ill in any obvious way that i can see. he is easily distracted bc of everything around him but it happens even at night sometimes which is a real pain having to move around in bed so much to change sides (we partially co-sleep). any ideas/suggestions?? thank you!
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Post by Kasia80 on Thu May 15, 2008 9:27 am

Did you try nursing necklace to keep him occupied? Or a little toy to play while he is bf?

We have the same problem as you now, again should i say. Maya like's now to bf standing, expecting me to have both boobs out and has few sec on each on and off, lol.

As for bed: we cosleep partially too and Maya sleeps between us. We don't switch sides, I just lean a bit forward and down- if it makes any sense, and offer "top" boob to her. I'm DD thou so it might be in my favour Wink

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Post by angpixi on Thu May 15, 2008 10:04 am

is he maybe teething? willow was like this a little while ago and a couple of days ago a tooth popped through! mind you they are at that age where everything is a distraction to them, willow comes off to look at anything from aeryn playing to whos in the room! i hope it gets better for you soon x :aww:
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Post by morgan on Thu May 15, 2008 10:38 am

thanks ladies! Bad Cop, the nursing necklace sounds like a good idea - could you explain exactly what you mean?

yes i think the teething might have kicked in again, but i didnt link it for some reason. He has had teething 'episodes' since 3 months and still has no teeth!

as for not switching sides, at night i have him on my side because my partner is oblivious when asleep and its not safe in our case. also i'm only an A cup so the leaning over to let him get at the 'top boob' just results in nasty backache for me LOL.

guess i just need to be patient...as with so many things! Very Happy
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Post by kay on Thu May 15, 2008 11:08 am

We currently have a competition running to win a Nursing Necklace made by Lait d Amour (you can link to her website from the home page!) by writing a poem to celebrate your breastfeeding experience Wink

http://breastbuddies.nice-forum.com/off-topic-f14/breastfeeding-awareness-week-11th-17th-may-competition-t1386.htm#13295

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Post by angpixi on Thu May 15, 2008 12:38 pm

Laughing i cant lean over to feed either (small boobs!) would be great to do that in the night! willows been on and of teething for ages too and only just popped a tooth so maybe hes about ready too? good luck :aww:
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Post by Natasha on Thu May 15, 2008 8:44 pm

I remember times like this and it was always something different each time.

It was anything from teething to cluster feeding during a growth spurt, I would say just go with it and I am sure it will settle in good time :aww:

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Post by morgan on Thu May 22, 2008 7:37 pm

thanks everyone, it does seem to have settled in the past few days. Thanks for the tip re the bfing poem competition, Kay, i had fun writing and entering one!
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Post by Natasha on Thu May 22, 2008 9:52 pm

:aww: Glad everything is started to settle for you, it just good to have reasurrence and confidence in whats happening.

Your poem was lovely hun, thanky you for entering.

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