September 28th, 2014, 11:01 AM
Hi all, my name is Jordan, first time mama. Thanks in advance for reading and any thoughts you have; I'm feeling some extreme frustration with bf'ing my daughter, E.
Quick background: when born, E used a shield for about 5 weeks, bc E had a little trouble latching tomy nipples that the nurses deemed "flat". Nursing sessions on the shield were around an hour or more, and it seemed like she was always hungry. I was able to wean E off the shield and nursing sessions became more efficient, around 15 or 20 minutes per side, and she finally seemed satiated!
Over the last 3 weeks though, E will nurse for anywhere from 2 to 10 minutes (typically 8minutes) and then pull off and cry, refusing to relatch on either side. Sometimes i can see the cry coming on and stand up and sway with her, and she'll latch and eat for another 10 or so before the crying ends it. This doesn't always work, and can't be a long term solution bc she's going to get too heavy for this eventually. I've tried multiple positions (cradle, football, nursing uphill). She eats well during her middle of the night feeding (both sides, 15 or so on each). Her diaper output is fine (haven't weighed since her 2 mo appt, but she's growing.)
I'm struggling to think that she's full after 2-8 minutes on only one side bc of how she detaches and cries, but she doesnt really cue for more milk after this. She's not arching her back when she cries, but if I try to get her anywhere near either nipple she turns away and bawls.