DD is 7 weeks and frequently sucking on and thrusting her tongue, even after a sufficient feed. She is also beginning to suck on her hand a lot (she didn't do this until recently). More often than not if I offer the breast again she gets upset, and I'm noticing the tongue sucking/smacking is correlating with times she needs help falling asleep. She will not take any artificial nipples, pacifiers included). So is it always a hunger sign or could she be using it as a soothing technique?
Also, with the not taking artificial nipples...she plain won't take anything but me, even if I have to leave her. Last week I had a root canal done and was gone for 4 hours. She wouldn't take any expressed milk. We've tried bottles, syringe, cup/spoon. She will accept the first sip or two and then get upset. Is she likely to accept it later on? I have more dental work I need done but I am afraid to leave her if she won't eat.
How long is the longest she should go without nursing during the day? I'm noticing her start to space things out a bit more and she is less predictable. I'm experiencing daytime engorgement for the first time and worried that she isn't eating frequently enough.