Re: detaches and crys after few minutes HELP!
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When a baby unlatches after a few minutes of nursing, here are some possible explanations:
- Milk flow is too fast, and baby is upset by the fast flow. If this is the case, you may observe milk streaming or squirting from the breast when baby pulls off, and have other symptoms of milk oversupply (e.g. green poops, extreme gassiness, fast feedings, frequent feelings of fullness or engorgement, intense letdown sensation, etc.).
- Milk flow is too slow, and baby wants it to be faster.
- Baby has come to expect a bottle at the conclusion of every feeding, and is letting you know that she wants one NOW!
I think fast letdowns are a very likely culprit here. You have the fast feedings, you have baby unlatching while nursing and resisting going back to the breast, you're seeing occasional green poops. The way to deal with this is to start by adopting reclined nursing positions, enlisting gravity to slow down the milk flow, and step far, far away from the pump and the bottles. The pump will only exacerbate fast letdowns and the oversupply which is their likely cause, and the bottles mean that you're risking baby coming to prefer bottle so much that she rejects the breast.
Let us know if you feel like oversupply may be the issue- we'll be happy to help you troubleshoot that since lots of us have struggled with that particular issue.
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