Hello everybody I'll try to make it quick before my LO wakes up. My daughter is 6 weeks old and EBF. It's been going quite well however recently she seems to not be getting enough,or at least that's how she's been behaving. I pretty much always fed on demand ( apart from one day here and there when tried to spread the time between feeds a little with paci or by distracting her). Which means if she's awake feeding anything between every hour to few minutes apart. Night times and when we're out and she's sleeping on me in a carrier she'll always wake up after 2 h (with some few exceptions). For the past few days she's been extra fussy and also during every feed after about 10 minutes she would behave crazily. She would start stretching a little bit and wants to suck frantically. She would also at some point start losing latch, getting crazy trying to relatch again. The sucking is very fast. It really looks like she wants to drink more/ faster and she's getting wind up. I think maybe the growth spurt, but at the same time I'm getting worried that as she's getting bigger she requires more milk and I'm not producing enough at this point and my mum told me that I wasn't getting full on her breastmilk and she had to top me up with formula. I thought the latch was ok, doesn't hurt or anything but now I'm doubting it and thinking maybe that's the problem?
She's been gaining well, born 8.5lb, now 12.3lb.
I'm also worrying that maybe she has silent reflux hence the fussiness and constant 'hunger'. Noticed several times that she'll feed, be content, then she'll burp with little milk and starts crying. Like if that acid is bothering her and she wants to drink to relieve that feeling. However she doesn't really have many other signs of reflux. I'm thinking maybe some food intolerance as her poop's been green recently. It was yellowish at the beginning and every now and then, but now (for about a week) is always green, sometimes with tiny streaks of blood. Asked GP on our 6 weeks check and she suggested to give my LO bottle once a day, whether formula or expressed milk. Don't really like that advice and I'm not planning on doing that. However seems like wherever you turn everybody suggesting adding some water and formula for baby to drink and extend times before feedings. I'm not going to do that but just wonder there must be a reason why so many people suggesting that. It's just messing with my head.
I feel like constant feeding my DD is just quick fix. Instead of trying to find the reason why she cries, or maybe try harder to sooth her I give her the breast. I know many women her did that so please reasure me that I won't end up with 2 year old wanting to cluster feed for hours in the evening. That it won't become habit of hers and will eventually change. Maybe she's just tired and fussy and I should try to put her to sleep more? But she just doesn't want and fights it. And even if she falls asleep on me/breast she'll mostly sleep just few minutes.
I read most of the resources here and on Kellymom as well and it seems like the way to go, so why do I still have doubts?
Will be grateful if somebody can tell me their opinion.