This is my first time posting. I have been reading these posts and my "Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" book for weeks waiting for an answers to jump out at me and it hasn't. So here it goes...
I have a 7 week old daughter that has been doing some goofy things when nursing for the past week. Periodically she will get fussy at the breast. Kinda sounded like the "four month fussiness" mentioned in the book. She will cry and latch. I take her off and she cries like she's mad I did that. I don't really know how else to describe her when she has these "fits". So, I try different things. I burp her, I change positions, I change sides, etc. I should mention that I have two very different breast, while both are large (DD) I have one nipple that is substantially larger than the other. Eventually this fit passes with her and she nurses. I just want to avoid the fit/fussiness while nursing all together. Any advice?
Next question, I will be retuning to work in October. I would like to pump soon to start working up a supply. How can I do this if my baby is nursing every 2-3 hours? And is that normal for a 7 week old to nurse that much still? Currently, she will nurse on both sides every time for about 15-28 mins on each breast. I do notice my left side holds more milk than my right. I have a 4 year old daughter that I nursed for only 6 weeks then pumped for two before I gave up, long story. So anything past 6 weeks is new territory for me. What is a good pumping schedule? I am so never that I will be taking some much needed milk from her. I should also add that she was slow to gain back her birth weight, which I think was inflated a bit because of all the fluids I had at delivery. I weighed her this morning on my own adult scale and I think she is around 10 lbs now.
Should I still be taking my prenatal vitamin?
Is it normal for her to be angry at the breast before let down? This is something new she has been doing.
I don't know if this matters, but she is also a very demanding baby. She refuses to be put down at all. She constantly needs to be held or in her wrap. Doesn't like going to dad either.
I would greatly appreciate any and all help/advise.