Thanks in large part to the advice I've gotten on these forums, I'm at the point with my ten week old where her bizarre, exasperating, so not-textbook nursing habits are something I try to laugh at rather than analyze and worry about. She does seem to have significant reflux, which is not funny, but I'm not even sure anymore that the fussy/weird feeding behaviors are all due to that. I thought it would be fun, therapeutic, and possibly educational to hear from more experienced mothers the sorts of things your babies did/do while nursing that baffle you.
Here's our typical feeding lately. Baby shows signs of hunger. I play with her a few minutes as I've learned she needs to be HUNGRY to feed well, without falling asleep or just losing interest two minutes in... I change her diaper (it's ALWAYS wet--thanks oversupply!) and we get settled. I have to lean back because of OALD but she seems comfy enough that way and doesn't freak out about it anymore. Usually it starts off pretty calm. Like clockwork, five minutes in, she pulls off looking alert. I put her on my chest and pat until I get a burp. Sometimes this brings on a crying fit, but not always. She will then start bobbing around and acting restless so I'll try to put her back on, but her arms start flailing and she starts crying almost immediately. No, she's not done. As soon as I stand up and start to walk around, she'll latch and go another 2-5 minutes. At the end of this period she NEVER has that beautiful milk drunk face that clearly says, "I'm done!" She is restless and more or less fussy, while refusing to take the breast again in any position, even after a good burp. I give up and put her in the Moby wrap where she enjoys trying to slam her head against my chest for a few minutes before falling asleep. And she's fine one way or another until the next feeding, as long as its within two hours!*
I don't think I'm ever going to get this baby to space out her feedings and take a little more each time on a regular basis...but again, I want to start this thread to help me go with the flow and laugh rather than complain. Your turn?