I will probably go post this on the BF board too, but I thought you Mamas might be able to help.
Way back in the beginning ( :LOL ) DDs hunger cues were very easy to read. She smacked her lips and mouth and I knew she was hungry. When she was done, she would turn her head away and sort of shake it at me. Very simple, no?
Well, at the ripe old age of 3 mos she changed all the signals and I cant read her anymore! She smacks her mouth all the time, puts everything in there, gums everything in site, and sucks on anything in reach. However, if I try to bf and she isnt actually hungry, she throws a fit. She cries and arches and acts really mad that I dont know what she wants already.
However, sometimes she acts really fussy when I put her on my lap preparing to bf, squirms to get away, but then she bfs contentedly for half hour.
So basically, I am trying to bf her all the time, she will nurse for a bit, or not, or for a long time. Repeat. I think we are both pretty frustrated.
What to do? If anyone could share what hunger signals their 3-6 mo old has, or if they have any exp with this, I would greatly appreciate it.