Re: Expressing affecting supply?
with the excellent post above. I just want to reemphasize that afternoon-evening cluster feeding and fussiness are both absolutely normal and in no way an indication of low supply. Babies generally wake up in a pretty good mood, but as the day goes on they get tired and cranky, just like their moms do! And the best way a baby knows to soothe those cranky feelings is to nurse. And nurse and nurse and nurse and nurse!
Some things to try, when the fussiness really ramps up and nursing isn't defusing it:
- calm house- lights, TV, and stereo down or preferably off
- white noise- vacuum cleaner sounds, radio static
- motion- rock, bounce, stroller ride, swing
- closeness- snuggle baby up in a sling or close to your bare skin
- warm water- bath in the sink or in the tub with mom
- fresh air- take baby outside in a sling or stroller
As you can tell from the list above, the key to coping with a fussy baby is to change up the incoming sensory stimuli. This is why the bottle tends to work- not only is it a new type of sensory input, but it also delivers a lot of milk relatively quickly and with little effort on baby's part, leading to baby more or less "passing out" with a very full belly.
When it comes to fussiness, no soothing technique is likely to work for long, so you have to keep changing it up.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"