@Meg - your post has been super helpful and informative.
As you will read below, I am trying for #1 but I will probably have to do a moderated #2 (ie more emphasis on nursing on all possible occasions and minimizing formula and pumped bottle feeding) starting soon as it will not be possible for me to be constantly around the baby (even before I head back to work in 3 weeks). The articles were also very useful.
I have been trying to breastfeed more over the last couple of days and believe my supply issues are already being addressed with this ( I have been using the galactagogues). However, since yesterday, my baby has been crying loudly (and incessantly) every time I put her on her back. This has made nursing a challenge as she also refuses to sit and drink, which she did do at times when she was younger. I have been able to nurse her when she is sleepy (just up from a nap) or after distracting her after several bouts of crying protests when I lay her down. (doesnt matter where, whether at an incline on my lap directly or on a pillow, on the bed for the side lying position or elsewhere). I am hoping this is a phase and will pass in a day or two. When she cries, she refuses the breast totally and just cries louder and louder till she is held upright and calms down over some time. I am curious if you have any thoughts about this? I am wondering if this could be because she has gotten used to being held most of the time she is awake around me but am also inclined to think it may be something else. She is not showing any signs of any other health issues right now so far as we can tell. I have tried fixing her clothes, checking her diaper etc but the crying seems unrelated to any of that. One thing I worry it might be is that now as she gets a better sense of people around her, she has noted that I often put her down when I am walking away from her for some reason (I always see her following me with her eyes, even if I left her playing with something) - or I may be over-reacting.
Second, some of the nursing is only 5-7 minutes on one side. A couple of times even after these short stints she burped heavily and once even brought some milk back up, which seems to suggest she has gotten a decent quantity. What are the average speeds of nursing? Is it possible she gets 2-3 ounces in less than 10 minutes?
Also, I didnt realize breast milk quantities didnt change over time, but the nutritional content does. I have been pumping and freezing milk and was wondering then how appropriate that milk would be for the baby down the road when we use it after a couple of months?
@Aprils magic - thanks for the clarification I changed the membranes and have not yet changed the pipes because I stopped pumping as I was feeding the baby constantly but will do so soon.
thanks for the awesome support and encouragement.