Monday, 10 January 2011
Okay. Maybe if I explain my breastfeeding a little better it would be more helpful. I've been reading articles and things from other moms online and now I wonder if I've been doing it wrong all along. Or maybe I just asked the wrong questions to begin with.
When my son was born I asked my lactation consultant how long and how often newborns usually breastfed. Her response was "15 minutes on each breast, every three hours". So that exactly is all I've ever done.
The reason I started supplementing with formula a month + ago was because that was no longer enough for him and he became hungry between feedings. Now I'm wondering if I should have (or should now) feed on demand? This is potentially an issue however because I start classes again in a couple weeks and the three hour schedule is really all I will be able to manage. I was even hoping to start spacing out feedings more but don't know when or how.
So I suppose after explaining my situation what I could break it down to is the following questions:
1. How/when do you space out feedings?
2. How can you make both sides "even" when one breast gets in the habit of producing more than the other?
3. Will I always feed him for 15 mins. on each breast (30 mins. total) during every feeding? Or will he eventually take longer to get what he needs? (Or take less time?)
4. How often and how long do babies usually feed at 3 months old? At 4 months? 5?
5. When you breastfeed on demand, how long will he eat from each side?
6. If I let him sleep all night will it hurt my supply?
7. Is it possible to put my 11 week old son on a three hour feeding schedule of breastfeeding only (or possibly just much less formula supplementation) AFTER having had him on our current schedule?
It seems the more I BF, the less I seem to know (or more I need to learn). I want a better supply and less formula feedings. Everett currently BF's every three hours, and takes 2 ounce bottles in between feedings (as many as six bottles a day!)
What do I do?
Any answers are helpful and greatly appreciated.