The title pretty much says it all. This has been going on for over a month now. I'm not exactly sure how it got started. But DD absolutely refuses to nurse while I'm seated/lying down or even standing still. If I attempt to nurse her other than while walking around she pushes me away, scratching at me, arching her back and screaming bloody murder until I get up and walk with her. After 5/ 10 min of walking she is usually calmed down enough to nurse but if I try to sit or stop walking with her she pulls off and starts the process all over again. This is not just happening in the evenings or at certain times of day...it's literally EVERY TIME she gets hungry even when she wakes up at night to eat. (Before this started we would nurse lying down and go back to sleep. Now, I have to get up and get her up and walk around the house.) Just F.Y.I. DD is not a colicy baby, when we're walking she is quiet and smiling and cooing and laughing....I just don't know why she gets so upset when we stop!
The part that's driving me nuts is that I KNOW she's hungry when I try to nurse her (i.e. hasn't eaten in 2hrs or so, sucking on her hands and drooling, all her usually hunger cues) but she refuses to eat unless we're walking. I've tried waiting it out before, for about an hour and a half (comforting her while seated or walking with her until she calmed down and then sitting down to try again) but nothing worked. She screamed until she was turning blue. Sometimes I don't mind walking with her while she nurses, but I've got old injuries on both my knees and I'm getting to the point that I physically can't carry her and walk constantly. Im starting to think about pumping and bottle feeding so that DH can walk and feed her.
(I'm spending between 6 and 8 1/2 hours with her in my arms while on my feet now) and while she'll occasionally lay down or sit and play with me, for the most part she wants to be moving ALL THE TIME!
Neither myself nor DH are getting any sleep (where before we were) and she is waking up more now (and will only go back down after 20 - 30 min of walking) than she was when she was a newborn. We borrowed an amby bed from a friend hoping that the motion at night while she was sleeping would help but it didn't, we tried a hammock, I've tried putting her in a swing before she eats, we've tried letting her sleep in the swing, I've tried putting her in a sling to nurse but she doesn't like that either. Im not sure what else there is to try.
If anyone has been through this before or has any suggestions I would really appreciate them!