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Breastfeeding Has Become Frustrating, Please Help! Two Princesses 2 kids; Los Angeles, CA, United States 7205 posts
17th Jun '13

I'll be 6 weeks PP on Tuesday, and lately breastfeeding has been really frustrating. My daughter has started pulling the breast out of her mouth, and then crying because it's gone and she wants it so bad. So I swaddle her but sometimes it will fall out of her mouth repetedly and she'll cry. It seems like she gets milk every time she has it back in her mouth, because she is eventually full and I have pretty good pump output when I pump because she's asleep during a feeding.
I'm just wondering if these issues are normal, and what I can do to help reduce frustration for both of us.

Mama Lizzy :] 1 child; Texas 5575 posts
17th Jun '13

You could have a fast/hard let down....when you feel the let down coming on....pull off for a second then relatch when it slows.



Try feeding her with her on your tummy....gravity helps :)

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
17th Jun '13

It sounds like typical growth spurt behavior & 6 weeks is prime time.



here is a good page on determining what is the culprit of fussing at the breast: http://kellymom.com/bf/concerns/child/fussy-while-nursing/



But acting agitated, latching & unlatching, nursing frequently & being hard to settle is REALLY common for a few days or so around this age.

Mrs. Daniel 1 child; California 547 posts
17th Jun '13

Dd used to do this off and on in the first couple months. Just relax and try a different position. I've always found side lying to be the most relaxing for us both. She will grow out of it. Just keep latching her.

Little Richard's mommie! Due July 12 (boy); 1 child; Seneca, South Carolina 4430 posts
17th Jun '13

Quoting Two Princesses:" I'll be 6 weeks PP on Tuesday, and lately breastfeeding has been really frustrating. My daughter has ... [snip!] ... during a feeding. I'm just wondering if these issues are normal, and what I can do to help reduce frustration for both of



Little Richard still does that lol! He'll let go of my breast and scream and cry at me and then when I put it back in his mouth he acts like he hasn't eaten in years, and then does it over and over and over! He is getting plenty of milk straight from the breast but he just keeps letting go too. I think it's pretty normal, just keep encouraging her to eat, and try keeping her awake while she is eating and maybe that might help!

[[Breezy]] 1 child; Savannah, Georgia 15610 posts
status 17th Jun '13

Sounds normal to me. The relationship with breastfeeding is full of continual challenges and phases that can sometimes be frustrating. Keep at it, and eventually everything will even out. :)

Jeeper 1 child; Orlando, Florida 2287 posts
17th Jun '13

DD did this. I had a strong letdown and she would freak out about it because she would choke :( I found the football hold kept her on the best and allowed for my breast to be slightly elevated and slowed the letdown. We made we're almost at 11 month EBF so it does pass. Just be patient and try different positions side latch and football were the best positions for me.

♥♬♡ 2 kids; Pennsylvania 10385 posts
17th Jun '13

It is normal trust me! Both of my babies did it. Do not think you are running low on milk or anything...do diaper counts! they say make sure they have 6+ wet diapers a day.



My son is 6 months old and 22 lbs and he did the same thing...Even tho it may seem like your milk is not coming out fast it still may be! mine does. Never let pumping indicate how much milk you have ever! I can not pump more then 2 oz most of the time, but judging by wet diapers and my son being in the 95% for his weight, lets me know my milk is great! my son did that when he started to teeth, which was around the same time...could take 2+ months for the tooth to come in but they will still have symptoms...or the fast let down! stick with it you guys are fine :) 6 weeks you're doing great!

Two Princesses 2 kids; Los Angeles, CA, United States 7205 posts
17th Jun '13

Thank you for the advice and encouragement ladies.
To the momma who linked Kellymom, I love Kellymom! It always provides good info and calms my anxieties about the breastfeeding relationship.

justanothamotha Due January 20; 130 kids; Climax, Michigan 5120 posts
17th Jun '13
Quoting Two Princesses:" Thank you for the advice and encouragement ladies. To the momma who linked Kellymom, I love Kellymom! It always provides good info and calms my anxieties about the breastfeeding relationship."

I know! I reference all.the.time. I just wish they'd fix some of the broken links. The site makeover was ages ago now & some links still have glitches. :/