My 2 week old is having issues with being awake for too long. I am currently block feeding (3 feedings per breast) and doing a side lying position to try and control an oversupply and overactive letdown reflex, and I wonder if that might be related to this problem.
At some point during the day, LO decides to stay awake or wakes up after falling asleep for a few minutes and stays awake for 3 -5 hours, snacking on the breast occasionally, but often seeming disinterested when I try to get her to finish feedings. I am trying to keep her on a schedule of eating every 2 - 3 hours and sleeping 2 - 3 hours as well. During this time, she will sometimes "ask" for the breast one hour after the first feeding, sometimes again in another hour, even though she shouldn't possibly be hungry. She will take the nipple in her mouth, suck a few times or for 3 - 5 minutes and then let go, seeming content and then fussing for the breast again. I don't want to deprive her, so I give her the breast when she roots and sucks on her hands. It seems as though she wants to eat, then kind of gives up really quickly.
During the sleepless block of time, some days she is extremely fussy and others she is content to stare out into the air. I try to burp her during this time, to see if the problem may be gas, usually to no avail. When she does fall asleep during this block of time, she will usually wake back up again within 10 - 20 minutes.
The rest of the day is absolutely normal (sleeping 2 -3 hours and feeding once in between the times she sleeps). She has a normal amount of wet diapers (8 - 10) and 2 - 4 poos (mostly green these days from the OS but sometimes yellow also).
I have been reading about foremilk/hindmilk imbalance a lot in the past few days. Perhaps she is not getting enough hindmilk and therefore doesn't get sleepy during the first feeding of that block of "awake time"? Or is there something I'm missing? Maybe this is normal for newborns, but I read that they aren't supposed to be awake for more than 2 hours at this age. I'm worried that she might not be getting enough sleep. Could I be mis-reading her hunger cues when she fusses?
This situation coupled with the OS/OALD is making me not want to breastfeed anymore. I have been very tearful, feeling frustrated and like she is suffering because of my milk. The only experience I have had with other babies have been with bottle fed ones, so breastfeeding is new to me. I want to keep going, but find myself feeling tempted to buy some formula so I can return to work next month and she can sleep and get the milk fat she needs. I simply can't wait longer than that for financial reasons and it would be a shame if she couldn't have her daddy bottle feed occasionally by then. I read all these stories here about women not getting their OS/OALD problems under control for MONTHS but I don't have that long.
Please help - I feel like I can't keep treading these waters.