Re: Stuck in a rut, low supply/supplementing inefficient nur
He's 7 weeks, right? That's prime time for fussiness, especially in the evenings. Sometimes it's so bad that it can be termed colic- both my kids were like that. They'd wake up in great moods, eat and nap well throughout the day, but they would become progressively fussier as the afternoon wore on. By around 7-9 o'clock, they would go into full fuss mode- refusing to nurse, or latching on for a few seconds and then letting go and screaming. With my first daughter, a bottle would often defuse the fussy period (we were using supplemental bottles due to some latch and supply problems). We would give her a bottle and she would sometimes pass out for an hour or two. My second daughter didn't get any bottles, and I had to be a lot more creative with her when the evening breast refusal period struck. Some things that worked:
- White noise- radio static, vacuum cleaner noise, dryer sounds
- Calm house- lights, TV, and stereo down or off (my DH hated this- he always wants to BLAST music in the evenings!)
- Motion- swing, sling, stroller, rock, etc.
- Closeness- snuggle baby close in a sling or skin-to-skin
- Water- give baby a warm, soap-free bath in the sink or get in the tub with the baby
- Trip outside into the fresh air
- Nurse nurse nurse nurse nurse- if baby is willing!!!
Coping with colicky sessions is all about changing the baby's sensory inputs, and focusing on the things that are most soothing, most non-stimulating. Nothing is likely to work for long, so be ready with the next soothing technique when the first one fails.
I re-read your post above and it seems like your experience was in the morning, and probably not related to colic/fussiness- but I'm going to leave what I wrote above as is, just in case it's useful in other situations.
It sounds like this morning- when was this? Really early, I'm guessing- your baby woke up from a brief sleep and was really fussy. I,m wondering what would have happened had you offered the breast instead of trying to burp baby- often you can defuse fussiness by getting the baby latched on as fast as possible, before early hunger cues escalate into full-throttle franticness. Which is a long way of saying that when baby wakes up, offer the breast ASAP, even if it's been 5 minutes since baby ate and fell asleep.
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