My DS is almost 3 months old and has developed a new oddball behavior while nursing, starting yesterday I think. I use a nursing pillow with DS lying on his side with his tummy facing me. This is the only position that works for us because of my very large breasts.
Anyway... what he's been doing lately is he will nurse for a little while, and then start doing this repeated head twisting thing... for example if he is lying on his right side nursing on my left breast, he will repeatedly turn his head to his right (towards the pillow) and delatch in the process. He does this over and over and over... relatching and then a few seconds later twisting his head off.
The strangest thing about it is, he does not seem to be fussy or bothered/frustrated in any way. He seems perfectly calm when he does this. If he seemed upset, then I would automatically assume he doesn't like something (like my letdown, etc). Instead, it seems like some sort of weird behavior quirk he's developed.
He started doing it on my right boob today too... he was twisting his head in the same direction (to his right) regardless of which side he was lying on.
What's most frustrating about this is that I'm still stuck using nipple shields because he refuses to nurse without them. So each time he twists his head off like this, I have to fiddle with the nipple shield. Over..and over...and over...and over.
He does not do this at every nursing session (yet????) but it drives me crazy when he does and eventually I have to put a stop to the nursing session altogether. I tried just giving him a break for a few minutes, but he went right back to the head twisting when I put him back on.
Also, switching boobs does not always work... for long. And it's not a question of whether or not he's getting milk...I see milk in the nipple shield when he twists off.
Any suggestions, or explanations???