Re: Breast feeding
I had the exact same problem with my ds a couple of weeks ago when he was 4 weeks old. He would take a couple of sips and then pull off crying. I still dont really know what the problem was, but he stopped it himself. I was told it could be a number of things...
The milk might not be coming in quick enough, and he got cranky.
The milk was coming in too quickly and he couldnt handle it.
There was something in the milk that id eaten he didnt like the taste of, or I was eating something like stoned fruit or nuts that was giving him wind pains.
He had wind or reflux and didnt want to suck because he was uncomfortable or in pain.
Im not sure but I believe he has reflux (that usually he brought it half way up and swallowed it again) and that was the problem. I noticed eventually when he did it I would sit him up for a bit and calmed him down and he was more willing to give it a go. If its reflux the nurse told me to try and sit him up a bit more during the feed as that can help prevent it. He would take a bottle, where he was sitting upright, but everytime I lay him down for a breastfeed, he would cry and pull off.
Another interesting thing I was told that if he had been having pain that happened the same time he had fed, he would learn to associate it with the breasts, and it got to the point every time he even saw them, he started to cry.
Also it could have been he was getting a cold and had sore ears, because he kept hitting at them, and when you lay children down when they have sore ears it makes the pain worse.
Anyway theyre just some ideas. Taking some time, sitting him up when he got upset, staying calm and positive (although many times I was in tears from being frustrated) seemed to help us.
Good luck, and hang in there. Were always here to listen and be supportive in any way we can, xxx.