I'm a first time poster and have been struggling with breastfeeding for the past few weeks. My daughter is 6 weeks as of tomorrow. She had an excellent latch per the LC at the hospital and we were off to a great start. 3 weeks ago she acutely had significantly decreased nursing times for a few days (she typically nurses both sides for a total for 20-25 min and would only nurse one side for 5-10 min). I developed mastitis (no known blocked duct, it seemed to pop up out of nowhere).
The mastitis has been cleared up for about 1 1/2 weeks now, however I'm very paranoid about feeding times (I don't want to go through that again!). For the past 1-2 weeks my daughter has had times of extreme fussiness in the evening ~5-9 pm. My pediatrician diagnosed her with reflux and started her on ranitidine - I don't feel that it's helped.
My daughter's behavior about 75% of evenings lately is that she'll latch, pull away screaming, root, latch again and pull away screaming some more. I'll place her near my breast and she'll immediately start to cry. I don't feel that it's too fast letdown since sometimes she will nurse for about 4-5 minutes then begin to scream. I don't feel that its undersupply as I can easily express milk. Her stomach does have increased gut sounds, however I'm not sure if its because she's been screaming and has swallowed more air than usual. These evenings that she refuses to eat I'll pump to be sure that I empty my breasts at least once in attempt to ward off a second round mastitis.
For the past few days my daughter has been only eating from one side again, for shorter durations. Her output is fine but the decrease is so abrupt again....I'm not sure what to do!
We have some local LC, however I haven't quite gotten the help/support we need. This is very stressful and I feel like its affecting my bond with my daughter.
Any support/suggestions would be appreciated!