Hi Ladies! First of all, I'm so sorry for this long post!! I appreciate any advice anyone may have for me. I have a few things going on with my 5 week old that I wanted to run by you and see if anyone else has this going on. First, my baby could nurse constantly, and she pretty much does. If she is awake, she wants to be nursing most of the time. I get maybe an hour here and there where she will play a little bit which is nice. But she seems to constantly be mouthing or putting her hands in her mouth. The other thing is though my husband and I cannot hold her or snuggle her at all with out her searching for a nipple like crazy. Even when I try to put her in a front carrier or hold her skin to skin she is just nipple searching and ends up fussing...even if she just ate...so I just end up taking her out and feeding her. Is she hungry still or is this just her instinct?
The other thing is at night she is very restless in her sleep. I can't tell when she's actually hungry or if she's just dreaming or what. Should I wait to feed her until she's actually awake or anytime she stirs? She is in an arms reach cosleeper next to the bed so I always know when she is stirring.
Last thing is I have a forceful letdown sometimes, but not all the time. A few times a day my baby will pull off and fuss and milk will be spraying out...but I don't think I have an oversupply of milk. Near the end of a feeding she sometimes gets upset too when there doesn't seem to be any milk coming out and I can't hand express any either. Also whenever I do try pumping, I only get about an ounce or two of milk. I had naturally very small breasts but do have breast implants now, could these be pushing my milk out faster? I'm not sure if I should try block nursing or not since she sometimes seems like she's not getting enough. And since she is always hungry I feel like I am nursing enough. She does get gas pain a few times a day though and seems unhappy when pooping. I'm also worried about when I go back to work at the end of August will I be able to pump enough for her when all she wants to do is eat!
She is gaining weight like a champ and has plenty of wet/dirty diapers so I do know she's getting enough.
Just not sure what is going on with all these things. Thanks in advance for any advice