My baby (who is between five an six months old) has started crying while nursing and pulling off the breast. He does it at every feeding, and on both sides, no matter what time of day.
Here is some background info for me:
This little guy is one of twins. They were born at 34 weeks and were pump dependent in the NICU. I was sent home from the NICU with a mandate to get them to eat a certain amount of food every three hours, and to increase that amount on that schedule gradually. The babies at coming home were not able to nurse this amount (per pre/post feeding weights). So, I pumped every three hours and fed the babies expressed milk. They would also get supplements of formula if I could not pump enough. As they got bigger, the amount that I have been able to pump has not increased. I tried fenugreek (which helped a little), beer, oatmeal, and pumping more often without much in the way of results. I believe it is because the babies were only getting to the breast a few times a day and at night. I though I needed to change these bad habits (feeding on a schedule instead of on demand, and feeding mainly through pumping and a bottle) or I was basically going to slowly see them eat more and more formula until they were not breast feeding. I have very little breast feeding support in my rural location, and my dr. is concerned about the growth of the babies as they are low on the growth charts, and didn't grow as much on their last weight check. (They are preemies, though). i called a lactation support person in another city, and she advised that i pump less, breastfeed on demand, and continue to offer the supplements. I have been doing that for about a week, and the babies have been interested in less and less of the bottles as they are nursing much more! that's so exciting for me, but then this guy started crying at nursing.
I dont know if he doesn't want to work at it - he has always nursed at night and various times during the day with no problem. maybe my let down has become more forceful, or maybe it's teething because he's at the age and has been drooling a lot.
Any advice is appreciated. I don't want to lose the gains we have, but I am under pressure to make sure growth is not jeopardized.
Also, is my milk supply at risk if my breast are not being emptied through this time? Should I pump more?
I have breastfed two other boys who were singletons.