Re: 6mth old fussy for 2 wks, pulls off breast, extra feedin
The behavior you describe is very normal for a baby this age, and it probably has nothing to do with your milk supply. First, it's normal for babies to wake to nurse several times at night. The fact that your baby was giving you that extremely long stretch of nighttime sleep with just one wake-up was unusual for such a young baby, and unfortunately you should never count on such good luck to last, especially once teething kicks in. Second, at 6 months, your baby is surely teething even if the teeth haven't yet become visible at the gumline. Teething makes babies fussy, wakeful, and sometimes causes them to be difficult to nurse. Third, at 6 months you should expect your baby's feeding length to vary. By this age, most babies are capable of getting a full feeding in just 5-10 minutes at the breast, and the world has become so interesting to them that they often do not want to spend long time periods hanging out and nursing.
You mention that you've been nursing on just one breast at a time. Are you still doing that? If so, I suggest trying to offer both breasts at a feeding. It's the first thing to do if you suspect a supply problem, and there is no harm in it. Also, many moms who start out needing to use just one breast at a time eventually transition to using both.
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