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Q&A: Baby too excited to latch?

Sometimes my baby seems too excited to latch on. It's like he wants to eat SO bad that he can't figure out how to do it. What can I do to help him?

Re: Sometimes my baby seems too excited to latch on. It's like he wants to eat SO bad that he can't figure out how to do it. What can I do to help him?

The Bump Expert

If baby's excitement is simply due to a so-hungry-I-just-can't-control-myself state, you may need to watch more closely for signs of early hunger, like finger-sucking and mild fussiness. Learn to feed baby before he's going nuts. Once baby is worked up to a tizzy, it can be tough for him to latch effectively.

If you feel that baby's excitement is due to distractions -- because he doesn't want to miss any playtime action, it may help to move to a dark, quiet room to feed him. The lack of cool stuff to look at can help baby focus and stay calm.

Erin van Vuuren