My dd will be 4 weeks old on Tuesday. We already made it through her 3 week growth spurt (she hit that around 2 1/2 weeks) and I thought we'd start to even out now. However we've got a few problems that are getting me frustrated and wanting to stop breastfeeding.
First of all she's a "rester" she nurses for a bit and rests for a bit. This can mean each feeding takes up to an hour and a half, barely leaving time to do anything in between feedings - including sleep!
She also has started fussing at the breast - pulling away - but keeping the nipple in her mouth - she'll pull her head back or pull it down and grunt. A few times she's stopped and actually cried. I've read the FAQ article about fussing - but I can't figure out which problem is causing her fussing. I don't feel letdown occur. The LC had said to me that some people have stronger muscles than others (I don't leak milk at all) and that's probably what the case is with me.
The third problem is 20 minutes or so after nursing she begins to fuss and cry. I think she's probably gassy - but we burp her after each breast - so I don't know what else to do. She's not a colicky baby - we can console her - but It's exhausting both hubby and me.
I'm not enjoying breastfeeding and right now neither is dd. After an hour an a half session last night, at 2:30 in the morning, hubby had to take her and soothe her for 2 hours so I could get some sleep.
Any suggestions are welcome. I know breastfeeding is best for her, but it hasn't gotten any easier. We had a really rough start - she didn't nurse well from birth due to some head trauma and a high jandice level. I'm just ready for this to be a little better!