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Old 01-04-2013, 01:45 PM   #1
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Baby refusing the breast

I've been EBF my LO for 6 weeks now. I've noticed in the past week or so, she seems to get impatient for my milk to let down, then a minute or two after, she starts squirming, pulling and fussing. I would normally switch sides and she'd be okay.

The past 3 or so nights, it's gotten really bad. Last night was by far the worst we've experienced. She only tried nursing for about 10-15 seconds on each side before giving up and flipping out - to the point that she cried and cried, but just seemed to cry MORE when I tried to nurse her. This went on for almost 3 hours last night until she finally just fell asleep from exhaustion. (we even tried to give her formula in a bottle, but she refused - she also refuses any pacifiers we've tried since she was born) Luckily my middle-of-the-night boobs are usually very full so she got two hearty meals when she woke up at her usual times.

Her frustrations usually start showing in the late-ish afternoon and carry on (getting worse as the day progresses) until about 9pm until she finally goes to sleep. But even on her rough nights, she'd finally settle down and nurse to sleep. (except last night).

Now I'm starting to worry about how it's going to go tonight! I've hand expressed about 1.5 oz this morning (which is a lot for me since my boobs refuse to produce anything when I pump) so I can syringe feed her a little something if we have trouble again tonight, but man... is this a phase? I know we generally have less milk in the evenings, but is there anything I can do to bump up my supply a little in the evening? We almost always cluster feed in the evenings anyway and it sure doesn't seem to be making a difference.

Any advice? I'm worried! I hate having her cry like that and not being able to do anything about it.
Carolyn - Lucky wife to my sweetheart and even luckier mama to my sweet, long-awaited baby girls! (May 2011, my 9.15 lb c/s baby and November 2012, my little 7.10 lb vbac peanut). I'll never forget my three angels.
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