Hello - just wondering anyone has and advice. Baby born on Friday evening by emergency CS after 24hr labour since then has been latching on well and colostrum being produced. Been feeding well during the day, no so much at night, ie 12 hr gap last night. First visit from community midwife this morning @ which baby had lost 13% of birth weight (was c.9.5lbs) has fed well today - think still colostrum - started BF this evening at 5:30 and have been at it ever since. Baby detached himself every c.45 mins, but after c.5mins will start crying and make b-line for breast. Questions, has anyone experienced this length of feeding? Could it be that he is not getting any milk (when i hand express milk does come out)? Any tips to help him sleep? Thank you
I'm no expert, but have bf all four of mine. Have you found Kellymom yet? it's an excellent bfing resource, there are pages on there about most things If you check this page..
and look up growth spurts and cluster feeding, maybe that'll help?
I wouldn't worry at this stage about lack of milk. I'm guessing that your proper milk will be here tomorrow due to the feedathon you've had this evening
Just carry on letting him feed as and when he wants. Please make sure you're eating and drinking plenty, even if that means you have to hand the baby to someone else for a while so you can sort yourself out
When you say your baby is latched on, is he actively feeding ie jaws moving, or has fallen asleep at the breast?
I used to think my dd was feeding because when I detached her she would cry. But actually she just wanted the boob in her mouth when she slept (like the way other babies use dummies, only thing she would not take a dummy!). I used to 'feed' her for hours too.
My DD was the same. My advice (as long as your nipples arent too sore) is to just enjoy it. Make sure you are set up comfortable, on the bed or sofa then settle in for the day. Nothing nicer than spending the day with a newborn snuggled into you feeding imo.