In the beginning, breastfeeding can be stressful for mother and baby as they figure out the best position, times to nurse, and amount of milk to digest. You may go through some growing pains during this period, which can be frustrating for both of you. You also may have thought that putting baby on the breast would solve any issue, but sometimes trying to get him to breastfeed can actually be contributing to the problem. If feeding time is leaving you and your baby in tears, you've probably asked, "Why is my baby crying while trying to latch?"
According to Kelly Mom, fussiness while nursing is common in many babies around 6 to 8 weeks of age, but can be the result of a number of different factors. If it seems like breastfeeding is hurting more than helping your baby, you're going to need to put on your detective hat to understand what's really going on. Teething pain, growth spurts, and an increased interest in solid foods are all issues that can cause your baby to get fussy when you're trying to breastfeed. Believe it or not, the problem can actually be that you are producing more milk than her little tummy can handle. If you feel like you've exhausted every possible option and are just plain exhausted, your pediatrician or a lactation consultant can be great resources to help you diagnose the problem and identify an appropriate solution. Once you've figured it out, you should be able to continue to nurse your baby and be stress free.