Re: detaches and crys after few minutes HELP!
My baby was very fussy at the breast for awhile too. I had really bad overactive letdown, and nursing in a reclined position helped with that. However, as my son got used to the fast flow he started to get fussy after the letdown too when the milk started to slow down. Here are some things that I would do (other than reclined nursing) that helped with the second bout of fussiness:
- Latch/nurse while walking with my baby in a sling/carrier or my arms.
- Latch/nurse while bouncing my baby on my knee.
- Latch/nurse while rocking back and forth.
- Nurse with music on or while singing.
- Nurse outside while on a walk with my son in the sling/carrier or sitting on the deck.
- Nurse in the bath.
Nursing while in motion (walking, bouncing, rocking) was absolutely necessary to keep him calm enough to nurse for a few weeks when he was a newborn. He just needed that extra soothing to keep him calm enough to latch and get the milk flowing again.
Giving bottles right now is a potentially dangerous road to take. Bottles tend to overstuff babies and can lead to less frequent nursing which is bad for milk supply (both oversupply and low supply) and some babies develop a flow preference which can be disasterous for nursing (that may be at least partially responsible for the fussing at the breast, in which case the best way - perhaps only way - to resolve the fussing is to stop giving bottles entirely for awhile). Also, pumping is really terrible for oversupply and overactive letdown, and if you can avoid pumping entirely this early on, it will only benefit your nursing relationship.
I know it's hard, but it does get much easier if you can stick it out for a little while.
K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).