Fussy when drinking from breasts in Breastfeeding

Posted by Anonymous on - 1 reply

My big 5 week old was drinking very well for the first three weeks, from two breasts where feedings would last 1 hour total. Feedings were spaced by 2-4 hours.
Since he is 4 weeks old, he eats less for every feeding (one breast only for 5-10 minutes) and then becomes fussy and does not want to eat anymore. WHile he is drinking he is also quite fussy latching on and off the breast. After the feed, he cant fall asleep as easily as before and then wants more food after an hour or two. I am afraid he is not getting much in 5-10 minutes (as perhaps he does not get to the fat-containing part of the breast milk if he doe snot finish it). At night he wakes up twice (as before) and again he only drinks from one breast for 5 minutes and falls back right in. Since week 4 his nights are longer as well, I guess because he does not sleep as much during the day.
I woudl like to know if it is normal or should I change his eating habits somehow.

Thanks much!!

Users' Replies

Aug 4, 2016 09:13 AM

Hi many thanks for your email and questions about your baby's change in feeding behaviours.
It all sounds entirely normal and I dont think that you need to change anything.
Baby is progressing well in their feeding especially as they are now feeding from one breast and for a shorter time, and just feeding from one breast now. There is no need to worry about fore and hind milk as hind milk has been evidenced to be available within 6-8 suckles.
Some of the latching problems may be due to baby needing to be winded or them simply not needing any more milk at that particular feed. It would be a good idea to see a lactation consultant or other breastfeeding specialist just to check all is well.