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Hello all,<br><br>
My sil just had her ds--he is less than 2 weeks old. he was born jaundiced and had to stay in the hospital for a few days and she had to pump but her milk was in and i think that he may have been supplemented slightly at night but for the most part, he was exclusively given bm.<br><br>
so, now he shows signs of being inconsolable--he gets really fussy and she can't calm him down. she describes it as him seeming as if he is in pain. he wakes up screaming and then latches on the the breast pretty fiercely--causing her some discomfort during the initial latch. she describes it as he is "starving". i'm afraid that if she doesn't get some relief soon from the fussy baby she will be giving up nursing soon and i think it is sooo important. unfortunately my ds was an easy newborn and i don't recall these problems (or i blocked it out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> ). is there anyone out there who had a ferocious eater and could offer some tips on making sure he doesn't get so hungry? also, any assistance on changing the day sleeper to a night sleeper would be wonderful. any help or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
 

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kellymom.com has some great info on fussy babies - under Baby Concerns, here:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/index.html</a><br><br>
Re his latching on fiercely - does your SIL recognize his early feeding cues? Actually my dd was never a strong signaler when she was hungry so I forever putting her to the breast, I figured if she took it, she was hungry. More great info on the first weeks here:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing.html</a>
 

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Thanks wombat!<br><br>
that's the thing, she says that he is always hungry but when she puts him to the breast, sometimes he will latch on and other times he will just put his mouth on and then gets upset if milk comes out.<br><br>
and when he wakes up unconsolable it is usually because he is hungry and then he will latch on so fiercely. so, because he goes from sleep to ravenous, she may be missing something. should she try waking him up a little bit earlier or possibly offer him the breast while he is still sleep? my ds would usually take it that way at night and not wake up at all....<br><br>
i will definitely send her the info though.
 

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Ask her if she hads a ton of milk that comes whooshing out. this is called over-active letdown and can be overwhelming for newborns and infnats.<br><br>
If this is the case, she should feed frequently, at least every 2 hours, form the start of one feed to the next, and offer the same breast for a several hour period, say, 3 or 4 hours. she will get overfull in the unused breast. She should pump it to comfort as she adjusts.<br><br>
If he is still acting up, is it possible they have thrush? this can cause pain in the mouth, leading to the breast refusal. Did she have antibiotics after the birth?<br><br>
For overactive letdown, go partway down this page:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/newman/colic_in_the_bf_baby_01-03.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/newman/colic...aby_01-03.html</a><br><br>
for thrush:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/thrush-resources.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...resources.html</a>
 

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i'll ask about her letdown and let you all know. she did have antibiotics after the birth though--both her and the babe had a fever. they thought that my little nephew might have meningitis but it turned out to be just a bad case of jaundice.
 
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