I have found so much help from other threads as my LO and I learn the art of breastfeeding, but I still have a few questions.
My DD is 9.5 weeks old. We have had our ups and downs but are doing relatively well with nursing right now. I am going back to work FT in 2.5 weeks and I have a few concerns.
My first question is about sleeping and pacifier use. The past week, she falls asleep around 6-7pm with the pacifier then spits it out and then wants it back somewhere between 1-3 am. I let her do that for 2 nights but I was concerned about hunger. However, if I feed her instead of giving the pacifier she will eat a little then stay awake for 2-3 hours with or without the pacifier and wants to be held or "play". I woke her up at 6:45 the last two mornings and she ate well but did not appear overly hungry (no grunting, crying, fist pumping that she does if I am not quick enough). I don't know how long she would sleep if I let her. Her weight has been consistently in the 75th percentile (on dr chart for all babies, not just EBF). She is nursing 6-7 times per day and is generally pleasant. I don't want to have to spend half the night awake with her unless she needs it. Is it a problem to let her sleep 10+ hours?
My second question is about using the bottle. She will likely get 2-3 bottles per day. We started this week with one bottle per day to help transition. She takes the bottle well but when I nurse the next feeding, she latches on and off very frequently (several times per minute) and appears frustrated. She will eat but it takes a long time and is not her normal enjoyable experience. I am worried once she gets even more bottle feedings each day Is this nipple confusion, and how concerned should I be and what should I do about it?