Re: Problems at 3 weeks
Hey, for some moms shields are the answer. Don't feel bad about using them. I don't want you to think that there's never a place for their use- just that based on the issues you describe, I think it might be helpful if you can put them on the shelf. I could be wrong!
I have been hesitant to ditch the shields, for some reason I feel like the pain I am having now will be increased without them but I will look into that link. They are a pain because they constantly need to be boiled and washed and LO rips them off when she gets fussy which is always fun. I knew the day I had to ditch them would come... they just seemed to make everything so much easier!
That's actually very normal for a 3 week old. There's a big growth spurt around 3 weeks, during which many babies will nurse almost constantly in order to boost your milk supply. It's best to just nail your butt to the couch and nurse, nurse, nurse! In addition, as babies get older they become more alert, and that wake/eat/sleep-for-hours pattern you see in newborns tends to disappear.
The reason I feel like the milk supply has gone awry is because before this incident happened, whenever she ate she seemed full and content and would sleep for hours. Now, she is almost always wide awake and she begins to get fussy and demands food within 15 minutes after eating. So I just feel like she is not getting as full.
Watch her diaper output. As long as it's normal, she's getting enough milk. And again, try to ditch the shield. One of the worst things about shields is that for some mom/baby pairs, shields impede milk transfer and decrease stimulation to the breast. Not all, but enough that I think shields should come with warnings that they are for use w/ professional guidance only!
I sit and move her arms and legs and massage her hand to keep her awake and suckling, but I don't see as much milk coming out. But that could be because my body is adjusting like you say.
One option that could explain this would be that you were feeling your milk ducts refilling, which some moms describe as being tingly and letdown-like.
I am feeling a let down at times though, it just always occurs when I am NOT feeding LO now, like tonight I fed her around 5:30/6:00, no let down, then around 7:30 I felt this let down that was somewhat strong feeling and painful.
My money's on a growth spurt.
I just really want to get back to that happy, full baby I used to have and I am not sure why she is suddenly wanting to come back for more. Is this the start of all day cluster feeding?
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