Monday, June 11, 2012

6 weeks...well, almost.

J is almost 6 weeks old! It's really hard to believe that he's been in our lives for over a month. On one hand it feels like eternity, but on the other, 6 weeks has gone by super fast. It's been a whirlwind of poop, pee, crying, and feeding.

He's actually been a pretty good little guy with the exception of these past few days. I'm not sure if it's the six week growth spurt (supposedly the most difficult) or if it's just that he's finally becoming a little being and developing his personality, but he's been much fussier than normal.

For example, he's been a perfect little feeder from the start, but these past few days he's been incredibly fussy at my breast, particularly the right one...He'll start fine and then a few minutes into his meal, he'll start fussing, pulling, and grunting, but he won't let go of the nipple. Oh, and his little arms start flailing all over the place. Sometimes, I can calm him down enough so that he finishes his meal, but most of the time, he'll get so agitated that I have to switch over to the other breast. I know it's doesn't have anything to do with a fast let-down. It's actually been so frustrating that I've made an appt with the hospital's lactation nurse to see what the fuss is all about. Hopefully, we'll get some answers.

The other "change" in personality is a bit more concerning. He doesn't like car rides anymore. Before, he'd fall asleep immediately in the car and it was so nice because I'd actually be able to go out and meet people. Pop him in the car, he'd fall asleep, and then he'd stay asleep when I took him out and plopped him in his stroller. Now, he's so agitated in the car that he doesn't fall asleep and then he's crying when I take him out which results in him crying in the stroller and let me tell you, it's no fun strolling the mall with a crying baby.

I've "discovered" a few work arounds, though. One, white noise. I turn that sucker on LOUD in the car and it calms him down a bit and every once in awhile, it'll actually get him to go to sleep.

Two, the exercise ball...It's been a life saver. I bounce gently on that thing with him in my arms and within ten mins he's asleep. That combined with the white noise on the stereo and his swaddle and we're good to go for the night.

Any recommendations from other moms on how to soothe a baby or maybe some insight into why he's so fussy at my breast?


TurtleMama said...

Wow! Six weeks went by in a hurry! Makes me look forward to having my baby boy :)
Seems like alot of women have problems nursing from the right breast, because of being right handed and the baby senses you are not as adept with manipulating his little body with the left hand. that's my 2 cents.
Hope that he gets the hang of the right a bit better. Sounds like things are going great overall!

Heather said...

I had similar problems BFing at that age. It turned out to be an oversupply problem. My letdown wasn't super fast either, but E couldn't keep up and would start screaming a few minutes into nursing so I'd switch sides. What I didn't realize was that in switching sides so often I was giving him too much foremilk which led to a super fussy baby and explosive green poos. I saw an LC and block fed in 6 hour blocks for a week. I saw improvement within 24 hours. I wrote more about it in my blog back in July or August if you want more details.

Good luck with the LC!

Jen said...

No advice for you Sooz but great to hear from you!

newbie said...

6 weeks!! Amazing. I have no advice for you unfortunately, but I am looking forward to reading how you figure it out. I am taking notes on all breast feeding experiences because it seems like it takes a lot of time to figure out! So happy things are going well for you Sooz...

sienna said...

Hi! Glad you guys are doing well. I totally forgot about the exercise ball. We used to bounce on it so much that we would be sore. It only worked on P half terrine hit never stopped us from trying 24/7 since she was screaming around the clock those first few months. Did you decide if you are going back to work? And how is sleep going for all of you (my fab topic)!! More pics pls!!! Xoxo.