So many times since bringing my daughter home I have cried my eyes out with fear of not taking care of her properlu and nursing simply not being enough. I want the best for her, hence the breastfeeding and determination to keep it up, but I won't lie, I had fantasized the pediatrician would suggest supplementation to ease these feedings. Fortunately for her (to my selfish disappointment) Dr said she is gaining weight right on time. Here's the deal...
Firstly, like I said before she's gaining weight perfectly. She had lost quite a bit in the hospital but after being given nipple sheilds on our discharge day she's been gaining appropriately. She also has plenty of wet/dirty diapers a day. Over 6 of each, sometimes over 8. These are the only things that reassure me that my milk supply is not low and I am at least feeding her sufficiently.
OK so the problem is that I let her eat until she says when. This can be anywhere from 8 minutes on 1 side to 40 (and then the only reason I switch is to give that breast a break and put her on the other). I let her "pop - off" the breast normally, which happens after she's fallen asleep for some time and pulls herself off. Then I try to redress her or swaddle her and lay her in her co-sleeper and the minute movement happens she starts crying inconsolably again until I let her nurse. We do try burping to rouse her before immediately thinking she's actually sleeping well and if that doesn't get her to fuss like she wants the breast is when I try to set her down to get some sleep myself.
What does this mean?? Is she just comfort nursing? And if so how can she distinguish the difference between my breast and the pacifier? I've realized some of it was comfort nursing and give her the pacifier but sometimes that doesn't seem to be enough, even after I just watched her fall asleep at the breast the 2nd time I've had to work to rouse her and pull herself off.
I just want my baby to be happy and I get so frustrated after a long feeding when she still doesn't seem satisfied... I just want to make sense of this (and to hear it gets better!) So if you have any advice PLEASE lay it on me!