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    Unhappy Why is my 9 weeker suddenly being fussy?

    My 9 week old baby is not drinking from me since the last two days..even if he does it is not more than 5 minutes per session...and sometimes he cries too loud the minute I try offering him my breast. This is even before he tastes my milk. However he is drinking expressed milk from a bottle without any issues (touchwood). I am sure I am latching him right, because I have been latching him the same way ever since I started nursing him without any problems, so I am sure it is not a latching issue, but I am not able to understand why he has started become
    fussy when I attempt feeding him from my breast instead of bottle..I dont even think it is a slow let down problem, because I am able to fill 3 ounces of milk in less than 10 minutes..Please advise..
    Last edited by @llli*storkforil; November 18th, 2011 at 08:52 PM.

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    Default Re: Why is my 9 weeker suddenly being fu

    My daughter (11 weeks) started doing this same thing recently! But she wouldn't take a bottle at all (still won't). I was trying everything! One day when my mom was over she said, "Have you tried standing up with her while trying?" I hadn't. So I immediately stood up and started walking around a bit while getting her to latch on and she immediately latched on and as long as I was walkin around about kept nursing a full 10 to 15 minute (her usual) session. She is not to the point again where I don't have to walk around anymore. If she is fussy I get in the rocking chair and that is what helps now. So try that!

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    Default Re: Why is my 9 weeker suddenly being fu

    3 OZ in 10 minutes-that is fast. Is it possibly a fast (forceful) let down? That is one (of many) things that can cause a baby to fuss at the breast or refuse. More info: http://kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html And http://www.llli.org/docs/00000000000...ggrimacing.pdf

    Were bottles introduced prior to these issues, or because of these issues? Maybe it's nipple or flow confusion? It is one possibility.

    Also, a 9 week old is likely going to be growing quickly in length, and whatever positioning you started out with, baby may be outgrowing and no longer comfortable with. I agree with previous poster-try standing ,walking, sidelying, laid back, etc etc.-in other words try any position you have not tried yet. Also, standing helps moms avoid pushing on the babies head, most babies don't like that and push back. There is no wrong way to position baby-if it comfortable for you both and baby is getting milk, it's 'good." Here are some options: http://www.llli.org/faq/positioning.html

    Try these ideas for encouraging baby to nurse: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html

    Also, sometimes babies just fuss, and maybe baby is getting alot of milk quickly and does not need to nurse all that long. If baby is still eating frequently, you can Watch weight gain and output. If that is OK, this may just be a stage, and supplementing with bottles not needed.

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