My baby is three months old and has been gaining weight well, but lately she wants to nurse every twenty minutes and is fussy. She seems distracted while trying to eat and will pull herself off the nipple and cry and she is very wiggly during feedings and has been falling asleep more often during feedings. Has my milk supply dropped? maybe she isn't getting enough calories and my family suggested putting her on baby cereal, what should I do?
As long as your baby is gaining weight well, I don't think you would need to start feeding cereal at this point. From you what you describe, it sounds as if your little one may be going through a growth spurt. During a growth spurt babies will often want to nurse more frequently, and they can be fussy. To try and make your nursing sessions go more smoothly, you can try hand expressing before you session. This will start your milk flowing and baby will be more attentive. Also you can try hand compressions during the feed to help her transfer milk more efficiently. If baby starts to doze during a session you can try gently stroking her cheek or her foot to keep her awake. These growth spurts are generally short lived and baby will settle back into a more normal feeding pattern soon.
All the best,
Molly Petersen, CLC