Ds is 4.5 mths and for the past 2 weeks has been feeding very oddly, and being very fussy (but happy).
We have never had the best BF relationship, with silent reflux and latch issues but I perservered and we had finally got over the hump.
He will start feeding and be fine for 2 or 3 minutes and then just start pull on and off like he is bobbing for apples, but is happy when he does this and isn’t in pain. This will continue until he just starts grinning and giggling at me like it is a big game.
He will also stop feeding and start sucking on his thumb in the middle of a feed, or even better try doing both at once!! Apart from him being a dribbler there are no other signs of him teething so don’t think it is that.
I have tried stopping him and winding him when he does this but it doesn’t really make much different. He just had an increase in reflux meds, and given how happy he is doubt it is reflux related.
He even dose this on his night feed and his 1st AM feed when he should be starving, but seems to feed less at these feeds than any other time.
Not anything to do with nipple confusion as he refuses the bottle so nothing to confuse it all with.
I also thought maybe he was just getting a bit too distracted but I have tried feeding him his room with the lights down and the curtains drawn and it also made no difference.
I know he is getting enough as he is still happily going 4hrly between feeds, is down to only 1 night feed about 3.30am, and has good growth and output, but this bobbing on and off is dragging out feeds and cause me a bit of nipple pain again, which took so long to heal and get over in the beginning.
I just cringe at the thought of going back down the track of having sore nipples again so need to get this sorted out. Any suggestions??