February 3rd, 2017, 09:29 PM
I'm very much in need of help... at my wit's end!
My baby is now 4 weeks old, and has always been a ravenous feeder at the breast. Latch is great, no nipple pain after the first 10 days... very fortunate! She has been EBF from birth, no paci's or anything of that nature. She had some congestion around week 2, but that was over a day or two before our problems began.
Started noticing this behavior about 4 days ago: About 50% of the time, my baby gives me hell when I try to feed her. I will put her to breast once she shows hunger cues (rooting, sucking hands, panting). She opens her mouth wide, but then doesn't latch! She will shake her head back and forth, lick/mouth the nipple, flail her arms and legs, breathe fast, and do an in and out motion with her head. Sometimes, I can get a few good sucks, but then she will pull off and start over! Sometimes she forgets to let go first and it hurts! It can take nearly an hour to empty one breast and maybe even longer till she is full.
Doctor says she is gaining weight very well. I've been building a freezer stash, so I know I'm producing enough milk. My husband has fed her with a bottle (of expressed milk) a couple times when I just couldn't do it anymore (like in public! :banghead ). She will drink the bottle well enough, but she's only had 3 so far and doesn't take them without some coaxing. So, I'm tentatively ruling out a sensitivity to something I've eaten.
Any idea what it could be?? Is this a phase...?? We kangaroo...