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    Default 8 mo hysterical at each feed

    LO has been like this for a month now. I really thought it was one of those things he'd do for a week or so then things would get better but no...

    He sucks a few times and then screams hysterically until I switch sides. Repeat 30 times per feed... If I try to insist that he stays at the same breast he goes ballistic.

    He seems intolerant to many things so he is EBF (after a bad start with a few solids) and I am on an elimination diet. Nothing has changed in the last month in that, though.

    He was distractible at 4 months and I've fed him in a quiet dark place since then. I thought he might have been sick of that, so I started feeding him in the open. Still the hysteria, with some distraction added for good measure.

    I offer frequently (every 1.5 hours or so - suggested to me to help his tummy). I was wondering whether he just wasn't hungry and this annoyed him... but offering less frequently makes mo difference.

    No signs of teething - at 8 mo he still doesn't have any teeth.
    Milestones - crawling. Does he just want to be on the move and not be immobile for a feed?

    I'm baffled and distressed - any ideas?
    Shilpa, WAHM to

    Luisa: 21st September 2005
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    Leo: 2nd August 2007

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    Default Re: 8 mo hysterical at each feed

    Everyone I have consulted in the real world says that LO is either:

    1. Ready to wean.
    or
    2. Hungry and needs solids.

    Any thoughts ladies?
    Shilpa, WAHM to

    Luisa: 21st September 2005
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    Leo: 2nd August 2007

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    Default Re: 8 mo hysterical at each feed

    Have you tried solids recently? I understand going slow b/c both of my kids have food allergies/sensitivites. Maybe he is now ready.

    I seriously doubt he is ready to wean.

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    Default Re: 8 mo hysterical at each feed

    Lots of mama - have you seen this page?

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...e-nursing.html

    There are lots of ideas on there, I don't think he's ready to wean either.

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    Default Re: 8 mo hysterical at each feed

    Thanks so much ladies! That kellymom link is great.

    So, after almost a month of hysteria, LO is now a lot calmer: I got my period!!

    I told a friend just now and she said that he had been suffering from PMS
    Poor babe - the milk must have been loaded with weird hormones...

    It makes you wonder about all those mamas who go through this and wean because they think the baby is ready
    Shilpa, WAHM to

    Luisa: 21st September 2005
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    Leo: 2nd August 2007

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    Default Re: 8 mo hysterical at each feed

    I haven't read anything about baby's reacting to hormones in mama's milk.

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    Default Re: 8 mo hysterical at each feed

    Quote Originally Posted by carpentergirl View Post
    I haven't read anything about baby's reacting to hormones in mama's milk.
    Nor have I! But the turnaround in behavior was like night and day and I can't believe it was coincidental: 12 hours before I got my period, he stopped being fussy at the breast and is still OK.
    Shilpa, WAHM to

    Luisa: 21st September 2005
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    Leo: 2nd August 2007

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    Default Re: 8 mo hysterical at each feed

    So what does happen during a woman's cycle is that her milk supply can dip. It is possible that he was reacting to there being less milk available or something like that. Once again I have read nothing that validates reaction to a mothers milk due to hormones.

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    Default Re: 8 mo hysterical at each feed

    Quote Originally Posted by carpentergirl View Post
    So what does happen during a woman's cycle is that her milk supply can dip. It is possible that he was reacting to there being less milk available or something like that. Once again I have read nothing that validates reaction to a mothers milk due to hormones.
    Ah, I see what you mean. You may have a point
    Shilpa, WAHM to

    Luisa: 21st September 2005
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    Leo: 2nd August 2007

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