Hi ladies, I haven’t been here in awhile (almost 2 years to be exact). I nursed my first born for 28 months and she’s now 4.5 years old. :-) I have so many of you ladies to thank for the support and helping me go as long as I did!
Anyway, we recently had another baby who is now 6 months old (as of tomorrow). She just started this crazy fussiness the past few days with sleeping and nursing. I’m REALLY hoping it’s a wonder week or growth spurt of some sort. She’s ALWAYS been a great nurser, never had to supplement or give bottles. Something I often had to do with my first born, so this is all new to me but I’m loving it! Until this week that is… she’s making me question everything now. All of a sudden she’s on and off the breast constantly… as if she’s impatiently waiting for the let down. So I’m switching her back and forth from side to side because she won’t sit still and I don’t want her to give up completely… so I keep switching her until the milk flows. It’s not my doing…she literally pulls herself up to sitting after only latching for a few seconds. But the good news (I guess?) is that she is TRYING and not outright refusing, but she’s just not staying latched long enough now for the letdown to happen. Is this just distractible nursing happening now? Because she just started sitting up this week (unsupported) and she’s also learned to roll on to her tummy in the crib, so I know she’s working on a bunch of new skills. We’ve also introduced solids, which she loves so far. OH and! As if all that wasn’t enough, she also started sleeping longer stretches at night and it looks as though my period is trying to come back. When my first daughter started to sleep through the night, my period came back that month. So I fear that’s what’s happening this time around as well. And I say “trying” to come back because I’m spotting every few days, so not sure what is going on with my hormones. I’m wondering if that may have dropped my supply and that’s what’s causing the fussiness? Although there are so many factors, as I stated above, so it’s hard to tell.
I feel like a newbie all over again because it’s been so long since I’ve had a nursing baby! I guess I’m just looking for support… and for someone to tell me “it’s not you, it’s baby and her new skills”… because I really don’t want to lose my supply OR our nursing relationship! It’s WAY too soon! I started taking some fenugreek yesterday along with some rescue remedy (I had an LC tell me it’s good for faster letdown). Maybe that will help? Do you think this is a phase (the impatient on and off the breast)? I’ve backed off on the solids today as an experiment to see if maybe she just hasn’t been hungry since we introduced the solids (I always nursed before offering food though)? She’s also having green poop! Ugh… we’re a mess over here.
Anyway, thanks for reading all of that! Help? :-)