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    Hi, Iam new to LLLI & motherhood.
    I have a 6 week old little girl and am fully breastfeeding. She loves her food and is putting on 300g per week.
    Sometimes while breastfeeding she will latch on, suck for a little while then pull off screaming. I have tried burping her thinking she has wind, but she will then quickly latchs on again. (it is as if she is starving hungry trying to get as much food as she can). This can go for the full feed. It is as if she is frustrated. Please help, Sue

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    Default Re: pulling off & screaming during breastfeeding

    Hello and welcome to the boards - I am so sorry your having a rough go at things right now... I will post a lot of links so don't fee overwhelmed.. maybe just start with the first one...

    Right off, given the information you provided, I would jump first to say it may be a problem with overactive letdown (OALD) / Oversupply (or possibly even reflux.... does LO seem to be in pain??? )

    here are some links to look into for the time being ...
    if these don't seem to fit your issues, do post back!!!

    This one is a 'process of elimination' of sorts...good to start with
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...e-nursing.html

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    Forceful Let-down (Milk Ejection Reflex) & Oversupply (kellymom.com)
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-letdown.html

    Am I making too much milk? (LLLI.org)
    http://www.llli.org/FAQ/oversupply.html

    OALD/ - threads from this discussion board
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/vbullet...highlight=OALD

    http://www.lalecheleague.org/vbullet...highlight=OALD



    Congrats on your babe.. Hope this helps...


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    Default Re: pulling off & screaming during breastfeeding

    sometimes when babys pull off and scream its because of thrush.
    heres some links about it. it can also cause sore nipples in mom.
    http://www.lalecheleague.org/NB/NBthrush.html

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    Default Re: pulling off & screaming during breastfeeding

    I would go with the overactive let down also. I had the same problem when dd was little. I would try leaning back or laying down, that seems to help them not choke or get hit so hard. Also, dd tends to get cranky when I have a hard time, or am slow to get a let down. She wants it NOW and isnt happy til she gets it. WTG on breastfeeding, sounds like everything is going GREAT!! Congrats!

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    Default Re: pulling off & screaming during breastfeeding

    I've heard that if your baby is one with very early teeth coming in, that can cause crying at the breast. Hope this helps!

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    Default Re: pulling off & screaming during breastfeeding

    It sound like OALD...but it also sounds like she's coping w/it! Which is a really good sign! The fact that she's expressing her frusteration BUT not giving up at the breast and continues to feed IMO sounds like she's learning to deal w/ the situation. You can try to let some milk spray into a cloth if you think it's too much for her....My son used to constantly come off choking and sputtering. The next sign I saw that he was "dealing w/it" was @ about 8weeks he would suck for a few minutes than stop and pull away then come back for a few sucks than pull away. He was anticipating a strong let down and trying to avoid choking!!! I know it's extremely hard to hear them cry when they are this small, but if she's getting enough to eat and ending up satisfied I would just keep doing what your doing. Keep a burp cloth handy! Often when they come off and it IS OALD there will be spray! Keep up the good work!

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    Default Re: pulling off & screaming during breastfeeding

    Thanks for your reply, this is such a great website for all over the world. Iam in Australia, so is great to hear from people on the other side of the world with tips...
    By the sound of it I may have OALD. I have also thought she may be tired too. She only does it every now and then, about once a day and normally in her early evening feed.
    I will give your suggestions & links a try.
    I went to the clinic again today & she has put on another 300g so Im not complaining. The nurse did suggest reflux but only if this was ever feed.
    Thanks again, Sue

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    Default Re: pulling off & screaming during breastfeeding

    Quote Originally Posted by Number3 View Post
    This one is a 'process of elimination' of sorts...good to start with
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...e-nursing.html
    Number3 - Could you please post this link again? I am interested in reading it also but the link doesn't work. I tried searching on kellymom for it but could not find it. I also have a similar problem.
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: pulling off & screaming during breastfeeding

    My 7-week old ds does this as well. I do not have OALD because I don't see any spraying when he pulls off, and he only occasionally chokes or coughs. I think that maybe he's just done eating even though he acts as if he's hungry.

    Any thoughts? Thanks!

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    Default Re: pulling off & screaming during breastfeeding

    Another thing it might be is colic. My son would pull off and scream when he was having colic. I personally had some problems telling when he was crying initially because of hunger or colic, but he would always calm when he latched on at first and then would later pull of and scream. I got better at being able to tell later, but it was still tough to go through. It sounds like you're doing great though! Just keep at it!

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