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Thread: pulling off and fussing?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Default pulling off and fussing?

    hi my ds is 13 weeks old and for the past two days has less intrest in eating. he latches on then pull of after only a few mins. He sometimes cries..wines, or smiles or looks around. Any ideas? he is a gassy baby and i do burb him but he just not eating the same at all. could i have a drop in supply or something? how would i know? tia

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Default Re: pulling off and fussing?

    My son did the exact same thing when he was about 7 weeks old. He normally ate for 10-15 minutes per feeding, but got to the point where he would start fussing and pull off after about 5-8. After doing some reading up, I read that some babies become much more efficient at removing the milk by about 6 weeks and take less time to nurse. So maybe your LO is trying to tell you "I'm done for now" especially if your LO is playing and laughing (mine does that, too...so I take that as a sign, he's finished and has eaten all he needs to.)

    Here's what I read about babies pulling off and fussing. Maybe it'll help you determine what your LO is telling you.

    Stephanie (23) Married to Troy (22) since August 2003
    Just welcomed our first baby into the world
    Our son, Caden Wesley born 10-10-07 at 1:00 AM via emergency c-section
    8 lbs 15 oz 19 1/2 in


    10-13---8 lbs 3 oz
    10-16---8 lbs 12 oz 20 3/4 in
    10-26---9 lbs 8 oz 21 1/2 in
    12-14---12 lbs 15 oz 24 in
    02-12---15 lbs 12 oz 25 1/2 in
    04-15---18lbs 6 oz 27in

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Default Re: pulling off and fussing?

    I agree with the previous post; your baby may just not be hungry.

    Also, around 4 months old, babies start getting a lot more "distractable," meaning that they are so interested in the world around them that they have trouble concentrating on breastfeeding for extended periods of time. I would suggest trying to nurse in a quiet, dark room and see if that helps.

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