My daughter is 3 weeks old today and I'm not sure about a few things. At her two week pediatrician visit, she had gained 13 ounces from the week before, and she produces plenty of wet and poopy diapers.
1. She latches great during the night or when she's really sleepy, and will nurse well for about 10-15 minutes on one side. But during the day or when she gets fussy, she never seems to latch well -- she clicks during her sucks and rarely goes longer than 6-7 minutes. Often, she'll start getting really upset and claws at my breast. But when I take her off, she has milk in her mouth and my breast drips heavily until I stop it. I'll burp her, and put her back on, and we just keep cycling through that. Any thoughts?
2. When I do get a good latch, I hang onto it for dear life because she won't usually start up again if I break it. Sometimes she'll lose it towards the end, and I can feel it starting to bruise me a bit, and I'll often have white nipples afterward. What can I do? Should I take her off even though I know I can't get her started again?
3. For the last two weeks we noticed that she'd be really fussy in the evenings, from around 7:30 - 10:30pm, nursing lots, but clawing me and acting very unhappy while nursing and then crying and unhappy the rest of the time. From what I've read, this seems like normal "fussy evening/cluster feeding" stuff. But for the last couple days, she's had other periods during the day when she exhibits similar behavior. These periods never last longer than an hour, but it's disturbing. She's rarely awake very long without getting upset. We just started using a pacifier last night, which worked like a charm (and made me upset at how a piece of plastic can console her better than I can). Should I be worried about the frequent nature of these fussy periods?
Thanks for any light you can shed!