Re: won't stay latched on
Is the pulling off and clamping down happening at any particular time during the feeding? At the end of the feeding, during a letdown, or perhaps when something interesting catches his attention? If the annoying behavior is happening at the end of a feeding, he may be losing his latch because he wants to keep sucking but not to keep drinking, or because he's really done feeding and is just playing around. If this is the case, you may want to take him off the breast and relatch him, or try offering a pacifier if he's not really interested in nursing but still wants to suck. (If he cries, he's still hungry, so put him back on the breast.). If your LO is shallowing his latch during letdowns, it may be his way of coping with a fast letdown of milk- rather like the way an adult would crimp a hose to slow the flow of water. If this is the case, you may want to try adopting some reclined nursing positions that use gravity to slow milk flow, and if you have symptoms of oversupply, you might want to think about block feeding. If you're simply dealing with a distracted baby who is suddenly interested in everything he sees and is turning his head to follow, you may want to try nursing him in a calm, dark, relaxed environment where distractions are at a minimum.
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