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Old 06-14-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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Ds thrashing around at the breast

DS is 3 weeks. He is latching good now but last night and all of today he has been thrashing around, growling, and popping off the breast (then screaming to be relatched) every time I feed him. What's going on with him? Is he in pain or just getting worked up for some reason?

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Not sure. My DS has done this off and on from birth. He's 9 weeks now. Sometimes I think he's trying to create a letdown. I always describe it as being used as a chew toy.
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:44 PM   #3
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Re: Ds thrashing around at the breast

My DS who is 2 wks. has started this in the past few days. He almost acts like he gets choked so I was thinking to fast of a let down, but when I tried to pump I am not getting out much. Leads me to think he is trying to get a let down. I am so lost!
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Is it towards the beginning or end of the feed? DD did that at the end because she wanted to suckle but didn't want any milk. I gave her the paci when she did that and she went right to sleep.
If its at the beginning he could be wanting a letdown NOW or maybe your letdown is string and he is choking.
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Re: Ds thrashing around at the breast

My DD started to do that and it was from a forceful letdown. Try nursing reclined.
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For me, I'm really fairly certain he's trying to get a letdown. He chokes sometimes on the other side and comes off with milk running out, but seems to struggle more to nurse this side. I think it has a lot less milk.

Just went through the battle right now and he seemed to calm down when it came, nurse, unlatch and pass out.
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Re: Ds thrashing around at the breast

Here we call that the "shark attack." I always figured it was impatience.
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Here we call that the "shark attack." I always figured it was impatience.
Lol! That sounds like an appropriate name for what he does!!
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Re: Ds thrashing around at the breast

My daughter does that at the beginning of every feeding and then eventually settles down to suck. I think she does it out of excitement like she really really wants to eat and can't settle herself enough to do it right. I think this because she does it more when she has gone longer between feedings or I have made her wait after seeing cues because I had to finish something or whatever. When I switch to the other side she doesn't do it which leads me to think once she has some milk in her she is more calm and can settle in easier. Not sure but it seems to me when I get her on immediately after noticing her cues it is much easier as she is more calm.
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My DD started to do that and it was from a forceful letdown. Try nursing reclined.
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