Re: New behavior...not sure what to do?
First thought: one weird evening doesn't necessarily mean anything. Sometimes babies are just cranky and it has nothing to do with you, or with breastfeeding, or the phase of the moon, or whatever!
Second thought: if this behavior continues, don't worry. Fussy evenings are very normal for young babies. There are even widely recognized terms for them- things like "the witching hour(s)" and "evenings-only colic". The are some useful strategies for dealing wth them, including the following:
- Nurse. Nurse, nurse, nurse, nurse, nurse!
- Warm bath.
- Motion. Rock in a rocking chair, swing in a swing, bounce on an exercise ball, stroller ride, car ride, etc.
- Closeness. Wear baby in a sling.
- Calm house- lights, tv, and stereo down or off.
- White noise (dryer sounds, radio static, noise machine, etc.)
- Fresh air- take baby outside.
- Pacifier- that worked for you once and I'd encourage you to try it again, provided baby is >3-4 weeks old and nursing is otherwise going smoothly (those things will reduce any risk of nipple confusion). If it falls out of her mouth, just replace it until baby decides to nurse.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"