my DD will be 4 months on thurday 12/6. I will preface this by saying that she STTN in her own room in her crib and has been doing this now since 10 weeks of age. She is also a thumb sucker.
this is the second time this has happened now. First time was sunday at same time of day [5pm-ish].
Put baby to breast and she nursed off right side, milk lets down, and then the flow slows/stops, and she pops off [normal for her]. I switch her to left side, which is what i always do [nothing new] and she [usually] eats off that side for another 5 mins. This time though, she would suck suck suck pop off, cry, fuss, suck suck suck, etc, repeat. I worked with her for a good 15 mins on and off, in between, stopping to walk around with her, etc. and try again..in hopes that she would stimulate my let down on that side and stay on the breast. but, she wouldnt. I put her in boppy next to me, talked to her while I double pumped. got 1.5 oz off left side, and .5 oz off right side [remember she nursed off that side first]....last time i fed her before this was 3 hrs prior and she fed well and took a nap.
So, I pumped and then just let it go. I did offer her 1/2 oz. of BM in bottle and she took it fine. was also fine after and didnt "cry" for more. So, i just figured i'd bathe her like I do every night, and then attempt to nurse her after her bath. I was able to nurse her after her bath, she was sooo tired and I figured if anytime, she may do it then. She slept through most of that feeding though but glad enough that she nursed well to get let downs on both sides.
The fact that this happened twice now, Im just wondering what the issue is? I think that maybe my milk wasnt letting down fast enough for her..i dunno? I think she may be starting to teethe already too, shes been chewing on her fingers and everything lately and has clamped down on my nipple a few times already recently.
I have been back to work now for almost a month. I know its normal for milk supply to be lower in the later afternoon and evening. So, im wondering if that is the issue, since its happened at the same time the two times its happened now. My breasts definately don't feel full anymore most of the day. they feel full most up until noon-1pm, then they feel empty rest of day, [even though i know they arent]
if that is the case, what could i do to help?
before I returned to work I was pumping around 9-10pm every night, before I went to bed. Since I went back to work, I stopped doing this and only pump while at work now [2 nights each week...friday and sat I pump around 11pm and 3am]. I do have to sleep though during the day for several hours..sat. i sleep the longest for about 6 hrs straight and sunday about 4-5 hrs. [i work night shift]...but i only do this each weekend. and during the week mon-thurs i am with baby and nurse her.
I have never seen her get upset and frustrated like she did today and it really upset me and is stressing me out. I dont want her to have to work for the milk that hard if that is the problem. I realize this also may only be temporary and will likely resolve. But, I nursed my son for 13 months and he never acted this way and i dont recall him ever refusing to nurse.
I am going to pump tonight before bed and likely will continue to do this for a bit to see if it makes a difference. DD nurses about 5x per day right now...7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, and 7pm...[typically]..but somewhere give or take half hour each way....and some days once more.
suggestions please! thank you!!