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Breastfeeding and Elimination Communication

Breastfeeding and Elimination Communication:

How You Might ‘Solve’ a Common Breastfeeding Concern With a Little Elimination Communication – Whether you do EC or not.

Plus 3 tips that may help you to fine tune your breastfeeding awareness…

Practicing EC helps your breastfeeding confidence- definitely. You have another question to ask if your baby is fussing at the breast, and not just worry about milk intake or supply. As you have discovered, EC is something you start at home, when you have some quiet time with your baby. You support your baby’s instinct to not wee on themselves by offering them the opportunity to wee in a potty now and then – at nappy changes is a prime time as their diaper is already off. During your breastfeeds is another as I’ll show you below…

Breastfeeding is inextricably linked with our practice of Elimination Communication.

Our ‘elimination communication’ began with breastfeeding. The first sign I learnt was My son pulling off and on the breast during a feed (a pretty common feeding behaviour) which may at times signal a need to tinkle. I find it was a sign pretty often and it was a great boon to have this insight as we learnt how to breastfeed together – or rather he helped me to meet his needs.

It makes sense that babies have a desire not to ‘eat’ and ‘go’ at the same time. Some babies (like mine) simply refuse to breastfeed if a full bladder is distracting them. Our EC grew from there to become an integral part of our lifestyle, day and night, just as breastfeeding is. They breastfeed, they wee, every time. It is an awareness that has carried on as long as they continue to breastfeed. It is a great help. Discover More about My Elimination Communication eBook…

3 Insights to Consider With Fussing at the Breast:

Just knowing a fussing time at the breast might be due to a full bladder or need to poo can reassure. It is something to be aware of.

Biting can also be an elimination sign – particularly with poops and teething.

Awareness of the type of suckling can be illuminating – of course they overlap, but generally it is something like this:

Popping on and off the breast while feeding means “I need to wee” (or burp). It is like they want to feed, but just don’t stay on – may happen ten mins into a long feed, or indeed, offering the breast is a great way to ‘ask’ if their fussing behaviours is a wee need. They go on and off, “Ugh, ugh” Squirm and wriggle…

Plucking at the boob while feeding means “I need to poo” (or fluff.) It is like they grip, drag back and pop off the boob – and make eye contact as well (“Hey Mum, PAY ATTENTION.”) Often accompanied by noises, arching their body, squeezing and kicking of their legs. NB: But of course, not always. There are stealth poos – that just seem to slip right on out of there… more often with little babes, or very tired older babies, or if there is a belly upset of some sort.

‘Nibbly’ feeding means “I need to have a burp, my belly feels yuk” (or a need to fluff.) It is an irritating sign. It is like rubbing your nipple between two fingers – ugh.

What to do?

The first step, as you are turning on your EC senses, is to lay baby down flat as it can help them to relieve their bladder more easily. There is then little pressure on the bladder sphincter, and they can release their wees that much more easily. Popping them on their belly if they seem really ‘full’ is just about a guarantee for a wee- they simply cannot hold on with the pressures on their bladder that way.

So, lay baby down, smile at them, (getting the giggles going helps them to relax their bottom end.) and feel their nappy for warmth or listen for toots and poops.

Change the diaper with enthusiasm about their communication and go back to your feed. Observe what happens next – perhaps they’ll come back on the breast more relaxed, and even go to sleep… what do you notice?

NB: For newborns particularly, they can be quite startled by the whole thing and may cry for a little bit even after they’ve weed. I compare it to when we go for an ultrasound and have to drink all that water? When it finally is time to go – it can be really hard to. I think that is what our babies may feel like sometimes, and so they cry out, and get tense, and then find it even harder to release that wee.

The next step is of course to offer a potty break, go on, just have a go.

I recommend The Baby Bjorn Little Potty. Ours is still strong after 7 years, where other potties have gotten cracks with general use, plus it has a smaller hole so younger babies can sit on it from when they can do a supported sit.

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