I have an 8 week old baby and breast feeding has been going really well. Up until last week she was really quite predictable, every 3 hours and always from both breasts and for at least 10 minutes. In the last week this has changed, during the day mainly one breast and less than 10 minutes. She now tends to do 2 hours between feeds, although the odd 3 hour here and there to test me!
Im worried that she isnt getting enough and that she should be going for 3 hours still. In between feeds she doesnt seem hungry and I always seem to have enough milk.
Am I just being paranoid as this is my first baby? I'm also worried that this short feeding in the day is preventing her going longer at night. I'm getting very tired and would love just a little more sleep.
You're not being paranoid, you're making sure Have you ever heard or read anything about growth spurts? These happen from time to time, babies will feed more often because they need the extra calories. The shorter feedings could be down to her being more efficient at sucking, so the milk could be coming out faster meaning that she's getting more in a shorter amount of time.
The best ways to tell if a baby is getting enough is to check weight gain and wet/dirty nappies, also general health- does she seem happy and healthy? As her mother (and therefore the expert ) you will be the first to spot if she's out of sorts.
There is some information here and here that you might find helpful.