I'm not sure I really have a question or just a need to vent. DD is now 7 weeks. I feel like she's been fussy and cluster feeding since week 4 with very brief moments of being a happy baby. If she's awake it's either fuss or nurse. I'd rather nurse, but this amounts to hours and hours. We sometimes nurse 2-3 times within 1 hour. During the day when not napping she doesn't wait more than 50 mins b/w nursing. At week 5 she was sleeping at night in 3.5 hour stretches. Now we're lucky for 1.5 hours. This is much more than anything I've read about frequency days. She falls asleep at the breast but cannot be moved or else she screams. Oh, and then there's the fussing and stretching and pulling at the breast. I should add that a lot of this is comfort nursing, which I don't want to take away.
I know supply is good. I know diapers are good. Her poos have dropped from 6-7 to 4 times a day, which I think is age appropriate. We've had latch issues. Up until a week ago latch was painful. With our move to laid back there's no pain at all. My sore is actually healing. But I do worry about milk transfer as the latch seems shallow -- not a large amount of breast, milk down the side of her face. It makes me scared that the constant nursing isn't normal newborn behavior but hunger. That said, she's rejected the last 2 BM bottles when offered by either me or DH. She goes right back to the breast, even if she was unhappy w/ it 5 mins before.
I do try to distract her -- bouncing, music & dance, the wrap makes for a long afternoon nap and a walk for me. But I still feel like I'm just not doing something right. DH is back at work, we're in a new city, so mom and friends are far. I'm isolated w/ all the nursing and desperate for my girl's first social smiles.
Please tell me this will pass. What can I do to make it better?