Why is Baby Squirming While Breastfeeding
Many breastfeeding moms find themselves asking the question: “Why is my baby squirming while breastfeeding?”. Squirming while breastfeeding is normal and is typically a sign that your baby is ready to move on to the next stage of the feeding. Here are a few common reasons why your baby may be squirming while feeding:
1. It is a Sign of Growth
As babies grow, they become more independent and responsive to their environment. As they become more alert, they start to squirm more while feeding. Squirming is a sign that your baby is growing in physical and intellectual capacity.
2. Mom’s Milk Supply Changes
Breast milk supply is highly dependent on the amount of stimulation your baby is given while breastfeeding. If the stimulation is too low or too high, their supply may increase or decrease. If your baby’s supply changes, they may start to squirm more while breastfeeding.
3. Baby is Over-Fed
If your baby has been drinking for too long, they may start to squirm as a sign of being full. The best way to tell if your baby is over-fed is by paying attention to how often they seem full. You can also try switching from one side to the other during breastfeeding to prevent overfeeding.
4. Baby is Used to the Soothing Feel of Nipple
Babies are often soothed by the feeling of the nipple in their mouth. When babies become aware of the feeling, they may start to squirm as they adjust to the new sensation.
5. Baby is Overstimulated
Babies can become overstimulated during feedings if they are in a noisy, crowded room. If your baby is being bombarded with sound, movement and light, they may start to squirm as a sign of wanting to move on to something else.
Squirming while breastfeeding is normal and is typically a sign that your baby is ready to move on to the next stage of the feeding. Pay attention to your baby’s cues and reactions to figure out why they might be squirming. If your baby is squirming due to overfeeding, you may want to reduce their feeding time or switch from one side to the other to regulate their supply. Remember, even though it may be irritating, squirming is a sign of growth for your baby and should be a cause for celebration!