August 27th, 2015, 12:26 PM
hello. LO is 16 weeks today and has been BF'd since birth. i went back to work when he was 10 weeks so he's had bottles, but always with the slowest, premie nipples. i nurse him right before leaving for work, before bed, and the overnight feed. lately (started around 4 days ago), i noticed that when he's on the left breast, he wouldn't stay latched on. he would do these quick movements -- almost like giving the nipple a quick kiss, then come off, then on again -- literally be this way every second (he wouldn't even stay on for 5 seconds or so). this is when i'm holding him almost like cross-cradle (he on a nursing pillow). he's fine when i put him on football hold. sometimes, he also does it on the right side, but not as consistently. what i found that helps is, i first put him on football hold on the left, burp him, change sides, and once he's having a good run, i change him again to the left using cross cradle and by then he'll be fine. i'm just wondering why this peculiar behavior on the left side has cropped up now? what does this quick "kiss-like" motions mean?
also, he used to nurse at least 20 mins on each side, especially at night, before bed. now, i'm lucky if he stays 10 mins on each side. is it normal that nursing times shorten as they get older?
hope how i described my question is clear enough! TIA!