What do you do when you are midcycle and baby gets fussy with the breast?
Last month when this happened I was freaking out b/c I thought something was wrong...it was a long and stressful 4-5 days. but then AF came, I started pumping more and baby seemed to go back to normal [though a new normal].
now, ive been noticing my nips are more sore past 4 days, and just today and somewhat yesterday, baby has been more fussy and refusing the breast at certain times. I am also noticing my let downs are slower as well, esp when baby nurses. She isnt a comfort nurser most of the time...she is a thumb sucker and STTN for 10-12 hrs so I only get stimulation at the breast during the day. [aside from my 2 night shifts at work each week]
Its pretty frustrating, b/c I need the stimulation [and I know she isnt full enough to nurse], so i end up having to pump when I would rather her just nurse.
I thought maybe the milk was tasting different, but if she drinks my pumped [previously frozen milk] from a bottle just fine then I don't understand why she'd refuse to nurse even if it didnt taste the same at this time in my cycle.
I am on cd 19 right now. Is this going to continue until I ovulate and/or get AF? I am not charting temps so I dont really know whats going on. Just marking CM when I notice it.
Is this going to happen every month/cycle? I have been taking the Cal/Mag supplements as kellymom states since this happened last time.
I've been back to pumping every night before bed now for 3 weeks.[to total 6 or 7 nursings or stimulations per 24 hrs], and i upped my pumps at work to 3 times in my 12 hr shifts.
I am at a loss for what to do anymore. I know she prob is still getting what she needs and will be ok. but i hate to have to struggle to keep it up at this time every month, esp when I work night shift and that doesn't help at all either. I am hoping the next time we go to the doctor she will be at least over 14 lbs. She last weighed 13 lbs 11.5oz 3 weeks ago. Prior to that she weighed 11lbs 8oz at 8 weeks. she will be 5 months on 1/6/13.
If I were to go on birth control [the mini pill] would that possibly keep AF away and hormones more at bay? I was on this when BFing my son and though I did have a lot of breakthrough bleeding and spotting which was really annyoying, I never had issues like I am having right now. I really hated the way that pill made me feel though so I'd rather not go back on it, if I dont have to, but I just wish there was an easier solution to all of this :/