My almost 7 week old will go a maximum of 2 hours between feedings during the morning (which is fine by me). She nurses for approximately 15 minutes on each side. I can hear and see her sucking and swallowing and she has a good latch. However, by lunchtime she wants to nurse almost continuously with very few exceptions. Occasionally (if I'm lucky), she will go an hour between feedings. This continues until bedtime (which varies each night). She has been doing this since birth so I don't think it's just a growth spurt. She is gaining weight and makes plenty of wet and dirty diapers. I have tried comforting her other ways (pacifier, swinging, going for walks outside, etc.) She will be distracted for a minute or two before fussing and crying. The only thing that consoles her is nursing. I have a hard time believing that she is that hungry all the time and I realize that she is mostly likely nursing for comfort.
Each day during these nursing marathons she gets frustrated after hours of on and off nursing and begins screaming and thrashing her head around after few minutes of nursing. I try to switch sides, massage the breast to express more milk, comfort her in other ways, but she continues to fuss and scream. She acts like she is starving. One night at 3AM during one of her screaming/nursing marathons, I gave her three ounces of formula. She drank the formula very vigorously (like she was starving) and then fell asleep for 4 hours.
Naturally, I assumed there was something wrong with my milk supply so I have been drinking Mother's Milk tea, plenty of water, and taking Fenugreek. I have not noticed any change.
My biggest problem is that I can't seem to satisfy her with my breast milk alone and have been giving her one bottle of formula daily (I try to pump when she has the formula to make sure I don't affect my supply). Also, because she wants to nurse and fuss constantly from lunchtime-bedtime, I can't go anywhere! I have resorted to giving her a bottle of formula before I take her in the car anywhere. People keep saying that things get better and there will be more a routine by 2-3 months. Is that true? Any advice? Please and thank you!