Re: 2 month old wants to nurse constantl
A growth spurt or missing mommy are both possible, and I don't know how you'd separate one alternative from the other. Another possibility would be fussiness/colic- that often peaks somewhere between 3 weeks-3 months. Often it strikes hardest at one particular time of day, often in the late afternoon-evening. Some useful techniques for coping with extreme fussiness:
- Nurse. Nurse, nurse, nurse nurse nurse.
- Closeness. Wear baby in a sling, snuggle her close to bare skin.
- Motion. Rocking in a rocking chair, stroll in a stroller, swinging, ride in the car, bouncing, etc.
- White noise.
- Keep the house calm- turn off/down lights, tv, and stereo.
- Warm water- try a nightly bath.
- Fresh air- take baby outside for a walk.
Is the baby nursing literally every 10 minutes? If so, you might want to try the following:
- Switch nursing- when baby seems to be dozing off at the breast, take her off, burp her, change her diaper, and switch her to the other side. Repeat until baby no longer wants to nurse. This technique lets her know that she has to continue to feed actively or she will get a rude awakening!
- Breast compressions- keeps milk flowing to the baby even when her suckling efficiency has slowed down.
- Talk to your pediatrician. There may be something physical that is bothering your baby- reflux, an ear infection, even teething.
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