I can't figure out what's going on. My daughter is 3.5 weeks old. She's been a great nurser at the start: powerful suck from the first minute of life (my poor nipples), eating a ton, lots of poopy/wet diapers (still has them).
Last week she started doing this thing where she will open her mouth to receive the nipple but won't clamp down. If i try to force the breast in she freaks out. Sometimes she'll push me away or shake her head to avoid the breast. When she does take the breast finally she often will pull off and cry at a couple points during the feeding (I've considered thrush on and off but she and I don't have the symptoms).
She started this last week and now does it almost every feeding. It often takes me a while for her to accept the breast. I have not ever given her a bottle. She does take a binky when she's fussy, but she doesn't usually keep it on for long.
My two instincts are this:
1. Maybe she's not hungry. I keep on going back and forth on this. She does do this more often on the second breast, when she's already nursed on the first. But she also does it on the first as well even when it's been a few hours and she's clearly hungry. Often she'll be so upset that I give up and give her a binky until she falls asleep. My husband things she's just not hungry enough. But I'm not convinced of this.
2. Nipple confusion with the pacifier ? The binky we use is one of those soother ones with a huge nipple which is huge compared to my nipple. could it be she's developed nipple confusion?
Other specifics: She's only been doing this a week so I'm not sure if it's affected her weight/amt of milk she's taking in. But she has lots of wet/poopy diapers. OTherwise very healthy, feeds every 2-3 hours. Goes for longer stretched at night usually.
I have a great milk supply but suffer from clogged ducts and mastitis often, as with my first son. So breast feeding isn't so fun for me. I'm almost ready to give up. Help, any ideas what's going on here???