Re: I don't know what's going on...
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At this point, are you exclusively or mostly nursing, or are you doing a combination of nursing and bottlefeeding? I'm thinking that what might be going on is that baby got a lot of bottles for a while there, and may have decided that she likes them. A lot of babies do- it's much easier to get milk out of a bottle than it is to get milk out of the breast, and babies often discover that they like that much lazier feeding style. If this is the case, the best thing you can do is probably to ban the bottles for a while- a few days, maybe a few weeks- and concentrate on helping baby relearn that it's the breast, not the bottle, that delivers food and comfort.
Other possible explanations for the fussiness:
- Pain from teething or illness, particularly ear infection. Now's the season for the first fall colds... It might make sense to have the pediatrician take a peek at your baby's ears, particularly if she recently had a runny nose or fever.
- Supply adjustment. Most moms start out making more milk than their babies need- it's nature's way of ensuring that the baby gets fed while mastering the art of nursing. But after a while, most moms find that their supply adjusts to meet baby's need very precisely, without a lot of milk left over to pump out or make mom feel full. This adjustment is beneficial, overall- making too much milk is a waste of a mom's energy and also puts her at increased risk for plugged ducts and mastitis. But babies often don't enjoy the adjustment, because they got used to milk being easy to come by and now that mom's supply is more closely matched to the baby's needs, the baby has to work harder to get a meal. If supply adjustment is bothering baby, the best thing to do is to nurse, nurse, nurse, and nurse some more. And be patient. Let the baby figure out how to extract the milk she needs wihout making a huge fuss over it, and accept that she's going to be a bit grouchy while she is going through that learning process.
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