5 Reasons Babies Cry during Breastfeeding

Feb 28, 2012

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Babies Cry during BreastfeedingBreastfeeding must be a pleasant experience for the mother and the baby. Even the slightest distress indicates a problem. Considering that babies cannot talk, they know exactly when to be vocal about any problem they are facing. A slight discomfort and they will wail like a fire engine. Here are 5 reasons babies cry during breastfeeding.


Fast flow/fast let down

If the baby coughs before crying and pulling off, spits all over or you leak milk, you may be going through a hyperactive letdown, which is also known as a fast let down.
If you have a reason to believe that a fast letdown is the cause of your baby’s cries, nurse uphill. Lie on your back and position the newborn or baby in such a way that the baby nurses on top of you. Ensure that the baby has enough space to breathe while nursing. Once you feel that you have let down, you can gradually move to a sitting position. Try not to nurse uphill throughout the session as it can lead to mastitis or clogged ducts.


Slow milk flow/bottle preference

Babies get frustrated when the mother has a letdown when the milk flow is too slow and he or she is hungry or he or she has gotten used to fast flow of milk through bottles.
Switch sides to make sure there is a frequent flow of milk to the baby. Switching sides also triggers a faster letdown than sucking on just one breast. Switching also signals the body that it needs to produce more milk.



All the babies show some form of reflux. Spitting up is a form of reflux. It is not a problem until the baby experiences pain or damage while breastfeeding. If your baby frequently spits and screams after spitting, does not gain weight, has bad breath or sleeps better on his or her belly, you baby may have GERD. Reflux can also happen without spitting i.e. if the spitup happens but gets swallowed before exiting the mouth. Consult a doctor if you suspect your baby has reflux.


Food allergy/sensitivity in mom’s milk

Human milk is the most hypoallergenic substance that is known to mankind. There are times, however, that undesired things get passed to the milk in miniscule amounts. Breastfeeding moms are told to eat as much as they can and include almost everything into your diet. Sometimes, things that we eat trigger a reaction from the body and in babies, the reaction is screaming either while nursing or soon after. If you suspect something is wrong with your breast milk, change your diet or consult a doctor if you have no clue at all.



There is a decent chance that your baby doesn’t like the way you feed him or her. Perhaps you don’t offer the perfect support or he or she feels cramped while nursing. If the baby screams in one position, try another.


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