So LO has been gaining steadily every month (1lb 9 oz, and 1 lb 6 oz past two months). But the past couple of weeks, she's become a real lazy latcher! Sometimes I get a lightning bolt of pain because she's just chomping away at my nipple. Then she'll start complaining at the boob and tugging. I delatch , and sure enough my nipple's white and no milk's coming out. I switch breasts and within a minute or so, the original breast is is squirting milk as usual.
I've also noticed she's far more distracted. Even when she does latch well, 10 minutes later she's looking around- at the computer and even cranes her neck around and stares at the blank TV screen and gets fussy. It's almost like she wants to me to turn it on. (I try to keep a no TV policy during the day so she's not distracted from eating and napping.)
Now I'm wondering if she's craving stimulation and just less interested in eating in general. She's an active kid, no doubt about it. She very chatty, and is a lap baby who likes lots of back and forth talk, movement and playing with rattles and paper. She likes to co-sleep but spends the first half sleeping next to the bed in the bassinet. She ends up in bed with us latched on and sleeping from the wee hours until getting out of bed.
I have to force her to get two 2-hour naps by putting on white noise. She'll get sleepy when she eats, but fights going anywhere but on my lap or in the swing by day. If I don't put on white noise, she'll just chat to herself in the swing until she gets impatient and starts crying. The car seat and stroller are variable . Sometimes she'll settle in and nap well- other times she'll scream like a scalded cat.
I would chalk this up to normal development if it weren't for her weird weight gain this past week. She gained almost 4 ounces in one day two times last week, but then lost in it poo explosions in subsequent days. She ended up with zero net gain this week, which hasn't happened since she was just born.
Is there something I'm missing or could be doing to keep her weight gain on even keel?