Re: Fussy baby after BF, also generally
Welcome and congratulations on the new baby! It's awesome that you managed to transition from exclusive pumping to exclusive nursing. That's an insurmountable hurdle for a lot of moms.
If your baby never feeds for >5 minutes, I have to wonder if you have oversupply and forceful letdowns. Symptoms would include some or all of the following:
- frequent feelings of fullness/engorgement
- ability to pump a lot of milk very quickly, if you are pumping
- lots of leaking
- strong letdown sensation
- baby sometimes pulling off the breast and crying, screaming, or fussing
- if the baby pulls off the breast during a letdown, you might see milk squirting or streaming from the breast
- baby coughing, gagging, spluttering, wheezing, or making a click or cluck noise while nursing
- baby "slipping up" or "clamping down" on the nipple
If you suspect that forceful letdowns could be the problem, the first thing to try is reclined nursing positions, since they enlist gravity to slow the milk flow to the baby. You could also try offering a pacifier or clean pinky for baby to suck; when baby eats very fast she may fill her tummy long before her need to suck.
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