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    My baby girl will be a month old tomorrow. At night she eats greats 10-15 on each side and falls instantly back to sleep and feeds 2-3 times during the night. But during the day she will sleep for 2.5 to 3 hours then wake up and be rooting around, I offer her my breast but then after sucking for 2-3 min she will pull away and start screaming. Is she not hungry or is my let down too strong? Within an hour I can usually get her to nurse really well. Should I just wait for her to show stronger hunger cues even though she is rooting around and sucking on her arm or hand or anything her mouth can find?

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    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: pulling away

    Welcome to the forum and congratulations on making it to a month of nursing!

    Are you nursing in a different position in the day versus the night? Often moms nurse lying down or reclining at night, and sit more upright during the day- and being upright can make letdowns faster. The first thing I'd try is to adopt the same position you use at night during the daytime feedings, and see if that makes a difference.

    Signs of fast letdowns include the following:
    - Mom has symptoms of high milk supply, e.g. frequent feelings of fullness or engorgement, lots of leaking, strong letdown sensation (if she is a mom who experiences the letdown sensation), ability to pump multiple oz of milk with ease (if she is pumping).
    - Baby may cough, gag, splutter, or make a click or cluck noise while nursing
    - Baby may feed rapidly, in as little as 5-10 minutes
    - Baby may pull off the breast during letdowns
    - If baby pulls off the breast while letdown is occurring, mom may see milk squirting or streaming from the breast
    - Baby may be very gassy and may have bowel movements which are frequently or consistently green
    - Baby may gain weight quite rapidly

    Do any of those symptoms match your experience?

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