I'm concerned b/c my 9 week old daughter nurses for an average of 7 minutes a feeding. When she is groggy/sleepy during the night or early morning I am thrilled b/c she nurses for about 10 minutes. However, during the day she might only nurse for 5 minutes (on one side) before pulling off or crying. [Tonight it was only 3 minutes after a 2 hour time period since the last nursing session.] Early on she was latched on and nursing for a good 20-30 minutes.
If she fuses or stops nursing, I try and burp her and then re-position or offer the other side. As soon as I put her back down toward the breast she begins to cry intensely and refuses to continue nursing. How do I know if she is finished or if there is another problem? She is gaining weight and has wet diapers, but now only has 1-2 "dirty" diapers during a 24 hour period. I have tried multiple holds, nursing in motion, having my husband hold her and nothing really seems to help her get back to the breast. My husband is quite worried that she is not getting enough to eat and is quick to suggest a bottle to ensure she is receiving enough milk. It kills me when we end up giving her a bottle b/c I'm worried she might prefer that over me. After the short nursing session tonight she continued to cry and after her offered a bottle she was content. When this situation occurs, it seems quite obvious that she was not really full after nursing for only 3 minutes as she quickly sucked down 3 ounces from the bottle.
I understand infants become more efficient, but at 2 months it seems quite early to be that good. In addition, if she still takes in multiple ounces from a bottle after a short nursing attempt I wonder if she is getting enough from me. I hope this message was not too confusing, I will happily heed any advice.
Thanks in advance for your suggestions.