I am a WOHM with a 16 week old who will start to nurse, suck a few times, pull away and cry and/or scream and arch her back.  I'll calm her down a bit and try again and the same thing will happen.  Seems like we go on like this for awhile b/c I worry that she is not getting enough to eat, until I get exhausted from trying or am somewhat satisfied with how much she ate.  


This has been going on for a month or so.  The only time she feeds well is at night which means she ends up sleeping with us in bed.  I prefer that she doesn't sleep with us b/c I don't sleep as well and end up tired at work.


It started not long after I went back to work so I feel pretty sure that it's a problem of nipple confusion, but I don't know how to remedy it.  I really don't want to completely switch to bottle feeding--both because I don't enjoy pumping that much and would miss that time together.


It could also be gas b/c I can feel gas bubbles in her stomach sometimes and she will burp after awhile, but it doesn't get any easier after she burps, so I'm not sure if that's the primary problem.


What should I do??  Any help would me most appreciated!

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hello! congrats on the beautiful baby girl!! I would suggest getting some gripe water (you can find it at any local pharmacy) for the colicky gassiness and see if it works and maybe you can try putting her on the breast before you notice her getting hungry so that she doesnt get as frustrated with figuring it out and being hungry. Hmm, maybe trying to feed her in two sessions might help, I have to do this with my daughter cause if I try to do it in one she gets gassy, fussy, and screams at my nipple. I get her latched in let her nurse for about five mins break the latch with my finger and burp her but I really move her, like have her in the sitting position then strighten her out to almost standing and repeat until she burps. I dont know if this will help you at all but I hope so!! Best of luck and let me know how it works out!!
My son has always (and still) eats better at night.  He's super distracted otherwise.  I definitely remember a phase where it was really difficult for me to get him to eat, but I think I might have been trying to feed him at the wrong times.  I'm sorry I can't be more helpful!  Is there a lactation consultant in your area that could help you in person?



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