Childhood Diseases

Posted by: T | 2012/05/30


fussy baby

My baby is nearly 7 weeks. I am breasfeeding her. For the past week she has been very fussy all day and getting worse in the evenings. I feed her, she seems satisfied, goes to sleep but after 30 min wakes up and acts as if she has never been fed. I try to use a dummy but she does not like it, keeps spitting it out. She has been gaining avarage 250g a week. I have tried many ways to settle her but she just wants to eat. Could you suggest what I can do?

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Your baby has been doing very well up to now. she appears to be a rather hungry baby who despite her breastfeeds is still hungry. It may be necessary to supplement her feeds with a formula feed suitable for hungry babies such as Lactogen1.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/05/31

Usually at around 5 or 6 weeks or so of age babies begin cluster feeding in the evening, for a few hours they feed, you put them down and they feed again 20 minutes later. This is normal behaviour - baby is taking in extra milk and is " tanking up"  for a longer stretch of sleep - they often stop having that feed just as you are getting into bed because they have all that extra milk from the cluster feeding.

If you give a bottle of formula, your milk supply will go down because of the less frequent feeding.

Babies tend to cluster feed from about 5 or 6 weeks until about 12 - 14 weeks. Many moms mistakenly think their baby has colic when this happens. This is not colic, its normal behavour.
With colic, baby screams and screams all day long every day (my brothe rhad colic - it is incessant screaming that nothing will stop - not breastfeeding, not a dummy, not buscopan, not rocking).

Cluster feeding also happens a bit in the morning, but is not always so noticeable as in the evenings.

Just rest assured that this is normal feeding behaviour for a breastfed baby.

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