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Why Is My Baby Squirming So Much When Nursing
Maternal and infant : Many factors may affect latching on. Mom may be engorged or her nipples flat, making it difficult to latch on. The baby must open wide enough to take in the areola. Ask your pediatrician or lactation consultant to watch you feeding, and give you specific guidance. The rewards of breast feeding are worth the initial effort! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nipples shape,baby: Your pediatrician or obstetrician can tell you if your nipples have problems e.g. Flat, inverted, etc this can prevent your baby from latching on to your breast.That is your nipple is drawn to the back of the baby's mouth and your baby's gums and tongue are compressing on the dark part of your breast(areola). Also if your baby has tongue-tie, (short frenulum, that can prevent a good latch. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lactation consultant: Insurances usually pay for lactation consultation with a lactation nurse. Often lactation nurses come to your home and teach you many great techniques. Ask your pediatrician which one he/she recommends. It can be invaluable....And covered too. Great combo. Good luck and congrats on the newborn. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Babies pass gas that they swallowed during feeding or fussing or because they make it. We all have germs in our digestive tract, and they live off what we don't absorb during digestion. Some kids pass more because they fuss more, or eat more air when they feed. Some don't digest some of what they eat, like lactose in milk, which can lead to more gas.Eliminating lactose feeds helps some. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many reasons: Without knowing a whole lot more about your situation, i can't guess why your baby is crying. Sometimes there is a genuine medical problem, sometimes it's more a matter of an anxious personality, and sometimes it's just blowing off steam. Visit your pediatrician to go over the situation in depth so you can get a good answer to your question. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Squirm: Maybe you are gripping too tight? Or maybe the baby is just learning to gain dexterity and simply is discovering its own body and how it works so it does it by squirming. Unless it is really abnormal and dangerous, then it is nothing to worry about. They do this until they can crawl. Just like they cry and scream until they can talk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some sweat...: ...And some don't. Sometimes that's genetic. But first, i would make sure he's not over wrapped. If you would be comfortable in a room wearing a t-shirt, your baby is not going to be comfortable in flannel jammies and three blankets. ...Read more
Set a good pattern: One of the best ways to establish an efficient breasting pattern is to do it first. As you get baby up from a nap, start baby at the breast and let him/her use their energy to to their job first. Diaper changes and other maintainance can wait and don't require their assistance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probiotics: Many children will do better by simply adding a probiotic. The good bacteria help colonize the gut and assist digestion. Use one like culturelle baby or flora baby. Fussiness after eating clues me in to a digestive issue and i like to address that issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Yes, it is normal. Every baby is different. Breastfeeding is a wonderful experience for both mother and baby. However, it does not always occur as naturally as we hope. It is normal for latching difficulties to occur initially. It is always a good idea to have a lactation consult to discuss the specific needs of each mother-baby connection. Correcting latching issues will result in a happier baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not a growth spurt: Babies go through growth spurts, in which they seem to eat all the time, and then slower periods of growth during which they do not seem to be as hungry. You might worry if your baby isn't feeding because she doesn't seem to feel good, is lethargic, or has fever or trouble breathing. If she looks and acts healthy, it may be a temporary slowdown in her growth. She may be eating more per feed, too. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How come some babies giggle more than others? My baby is 6 months and is always smiling and babbling but giggling .. Not so much.. Is this normal?
She may just have: A quiet temperament. She should be able to laugh out loud, blow "raspberries" (" bronx cheer"), fake a cough, & babble strings of consonant-vowel sounds. Look for reciprocal social communication (mimicking your sounds while you're looking at each other), raising her arms to be picked up, the ability to learn behaviors, & stranger anxiety.See the healthy child section at aap.Org. Or firstsigns.Org. ...Read more
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