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    Default I think I'm offering too often

    I EBF DD1 to 17 months. DD2 will be 5 months old in 5 days. So you'd think that I'd know better....

    I think I'm offering the breast too often to DD2. She's only nursing for 5 - 8 minutes at a time and is fussy in between. She's getting very gassy due to the pulling on and off (I'm figuring because she's not really hungry in the first place). If DH is with her, she'll hold off from really asking for 2 - 3 hours without any issue. If I've got her, I'm offering every 40 minutes or so.

    It's causing me a bit of a hard time. I have no down time. I'm getting a little touched out. I love being home with my girls but I'm getting a little resentful and crabby.

    I guess I'm going to have to figure out how to be more entertaining for DD2 that doesn't include nursing.

    Thanks, I needed to get that off my chest.
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    Default Re: I think I'm offering too often

    Are you offering because she's fussy?
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    Default Re: I think I'm offering too often

    You can't overfeed a breastfed baby. If nothing else she will comfort nurse. DS3 is 18 months and he would nurse 24/7...worse than a newborn. And he has to sit in his special nursing place.
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    Default Re: I think I'm offering too often

    Yeah, it's hard for me to imagine "offering too much" to a breastfed baby. Every time Joe made a peep, I shoved a boob in his face. If he didn't want it, fine, but it was my go-to response to all signs of fussiness, and mostly, it worked!


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    Default Re: I think I'm offering too often

    I don't think she's over eating. I think she's just sort of taking it, pulling off, etc. because it's there. More in play than actually wanting to eat. I believe that is what's making her more gassy; this girl can toot like no tomorrow these days! And the evenings she gets quite a painful tummy

    I think she's just at a point now where fussing can mean more than just nursing. She may want to play, be entertained, need a change of venue, etc. Nursing just so happens to be more convenient when you're trying to entertain a 2 year old at the same time.
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    Default Re: I think I'm offering too often

    Put her back to the same breast for a set number of hours (say 2-3 hours) and nurse as many times as she wants (or you want ) on that same breast. That will help make sure she is getting more hindmilk and should help with the gas.

    Don't worry Mama you can't nurse them too much. That's the best thing about breastfeeding. It is a "fix all" for everything...bored=nurse; tired=nurse; hurt=nurse; hungry=nurse and so on.
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    Default Re: I think I'm offering too often

    At 5 months old and mama feeling touched out I think you will be fine to start trying other methods to soothe her. Don't be surprised if she won't accept them from you but it won't hurt to try.
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    Default Re: I think I'm offering too often

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*amysmom View Post
    I think she's just at a point now where fussing can mean more than just nursing. She may want to play, be entertained, need a change of venue, etc. Nursing just so happens to be more convenient when you're trying to entertain a 2 year old at the same time.
    so true btdt. but ime the little kid will not be soothed by the boob for long if they want something else. DD ever was and you should see her now she just goes and vigorous shaking of head (sometimes whole body)
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    Default Re: I think I'm offering too often

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*norasmommy View Post
    At 5 months old and mama feeling touched out I think you will be fine to start trying other methods to soothe her. Don't be surprised if she won't accept them from you but it won't hurt to try.


    Do you ever wear her? With my first, 5-6 months was the "Don't put me down- EVER" stage. As long as she was up in the Bjorn, she was happy. If I put her down, the wailing started.

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    Default Re: I think I'm offering too often

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post


    Do you ever wear her? With my first, 5-6 months was the "Don't put me down- EVER" stage. As long as she was up in the Bjorn, she was happy. If I put her down, the wailing started.
    Have you got a webcam in my house??

    I do need to wear her more. I also need to get OUT more. I think the fresh air and the distraction will be better for us both.
    Mommy to our DD1 early bird (34 weeks, 2 days, 7lbs, 14oz)! Oct. 2nd, 2008 Emergency C-Section, Frank Breech, HEALTHY Girl!
    Weaned @ 17 months
    Our DD2 early bird (37 weeks, 3 days, 7lbs, 12oz) Aug. 10th, 2010 Our Successful VBAC, growing like a bad weed!
    Weaned @ 15 months
    Our DD3 early bird (37 weeks, 3 days, 7lbs, 6oz) Feb. 16th, 2012 Our 2nd VBAC and lightening speedy birth!

    Loving being a Mom of 3, 40 months apart!!
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