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Am I not breastfeeding my 2WO correctly??

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bettyboo83 Mon 29-Aug-11 14:59:14

I am EBF my 2WO and initially things seemed to be going really well. The midwives were happy with my latch and he had exceeded his birth weight by day 10 after an initial loss of 4oz by day 5. I have been trying to feed him at least every 2 hours during the day (plus whenever he seemed interested) and he was feeding 2-3 hourly overnight. He often falls asleep at the breast after feeding for 10-20 mins and will rarely take the second breast.

However the last few days he seems to be feeding constantly. I had read about cluster feeding but this seems to be all the time, with a little break during the afternoon. He'll feed for about 20mins on one side, doze off, then as soon as I move he'll start rooting and head-banging and will feed for a similar length of time on the other side, and so on. I assume this is normal behaviour but what's concerning me is that his poo has gone from yellow to green during the last 3-4 days. Things I've read seem to suggest this is because he's not getting enough hindmilk so am I switching breasts too soon? Should I put him back on the same side or after 20 mins should he have got what he needs? I don't see how I can get him to feed any more without me going insane!

What else could be causing the green poo? He's very placid and happy (as long as he's feeding!) so I don't think he's unwell. The HV is coming tomorrow so I can get his weight checked and ask her to check my latch again. I really don't want to have to top him up or stop breastfeeding but it's so upsetting thinking I'm not giving him what he needs. Any advice would be great xxx

PS - sorry for long, rambling post xxx

LoveBeingAtHomeOnMyOwn Mon 29-Aug-11 15:03:51

Dint worry you're doing a brillant job. It'll be a growth spurt and will be over soon.

The green poo is quite normal too especially I found if coming off alot as taking in air.

GetThePartyStarted Mon 29-Aug-11 15:11:26

Two weeks is a really common time for a growth spurt - don't panic!! Give it a few days and he'll chill out again. Obviously keep an eye on nappies, weight gain etc but it sounds like you are doing fab smile

shez87 Mon 29-Aug-11 15:15:49

i had the same problem but now my 3 week old is feeding more in a routine.it it most probably a growth spurt and eventually will sort itself out.as long as he's putting on weight and having wet and dirty nappies he's feeding fine.he may be comfort suckling which is why he's attached all the time .
i put my lo on the same breast twice if she falls asleep quickly and this seems to work.
good luck and keep it up x

mousymouse Mon 29-Aug-11 15:20:50

wellcome to the club!
your baby sounds lovely and normal.
checkist:
- plenty of wet and soiled nappies?
- baby settled after a feed?
- mummy (in principle) well, breasts not too achey?

bettyboo83 Mon 29-Aug-11 15:41:36

Thanks everyone. Yep plenty of wet and dirty nappies; he'll settle at the end of his cluster feeding and seems settled during his awake periods; and I'm doing ok, breasts and nipples ok so far. My DP is going back to work tomorrow so I think I'm panicking a bit about how I'm going to cope xxx

moomsy Mon 29-Aug-11 17:45:05

Well done BettyBoo83! Hope all goes well for you and your baby

I am 39 weeks and cannot wait for the challenge myself smile

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