I've noticed much better organized sucking and swallowing in my 12 week old daughter while she's asleep than awake. I'm wondering why this would be?
Our story in a nutshell is that I started with a mild-moderate oversupply (like so many mamas, I now know - wish I'd seen suggestions to just wait it out and let it regulate/baby get used to it) and was coached to block nurse. Did that for a while, then baby began pulling off constantly and fussing through feedings. After emailing with Jack Newman, it seems the issue could be now that my "flow" is too slow (diaper output and weight gain support an adequate supply). His recommendation is to increase my supply to increase the flow. If I understand correctly, maintain a bit of an oversupply to compensate for her less-than-ideal latch (while working on that, too).
So maybe, while awake, she's more bothered by the changing "flow" over time? It seems like she's either popping off constantly (which Newman swears is because of slow flow) or she's very disorganized in her sucking and swallowing (but not choking or anything) when my breasts are full and the milk is flowing faster. It's like she doesn't need to suck hard or rhythmically - she just sucks here and there, but still swallows a bunch. But when asleep, she sucks with a deeper jaw
movement and for longer spurts of sucks in between breaks.
I'm happy that the increased flow (because of herbs and pumping) seems to have made her a bit happier - she fusses through less feedings. But still a bit concerned about her lack of good nursing while awake. We're working with an IBCLC who thinks her latch is shallow, so we're working on that, but baby's reluctant to take the breast in deeper...possibly because she's sucked this way for a while now?
Any other ideas? Thanks!!