This might be slightly obsessive to ask the Internet world their opinion, especially since I've already asked a few friends with newborns their opinion, but I'm curious. I'm just going to do bullet-points here because my questions/dilemmas are kind of scattered in my brain. Also, fair warning to any males who might happen to read this: I'm going to talk about my breasts. And probably not in any attractive, alluring way.
- According to the lactation books (yes, Mom, I know I should put down the manuals!), Isaac "should" be nursing for a minimum of 10-20 minutes per side. Well, let me tell you...that does NOT happen around here. Isaac nurses for a MAXIMUM of 10 minutes and generally only on one side. I routinely offer the other side and SOMETIMES he will suck for another 2-3 minutes and then he's done. He will then either 1) fall asleep or 2) lay there staring at my breast. I have done my darndest to keep him awake during feedings (baths, diaper change, stripping his clothes off, etc), but most of the time I will literally spend 40 minutes in a nursing session only to have him actually eating for 10 minutes. Someone suggested feeding alternating for five minutes per side multiple times; I tried it and it totally backfired on me. He nursed for five minutes, then conked out and never finished the other side. That happened more than once so I don't think that works.
- He has tons of soaking wet diapers and dirty diapers. He does not fuss between feedings. He goes at least 3 hours between feedings. In other words, he seems content. So, should I just give up worrying about it?
- Last night, he was awake off and on between 3AM and 6AM. He had a decent feeding at 3 and then I rocked him until he was sleepy and put him back to bed. He woke up (or never went back to sleep??) two more times. I tried nursing him back to sleep once and thought it worked but it didn't. Then he had a short feeding around 6 and conked out until almost 11AM this morning. Does this mean he's got his nights and days switched a little bit? Should I just try keeping him awake a little more during the day? I've been keeping it dim and quiet during the night feedings to give him the idea that nighttime is for sleeping. Is it most likely just a phase?
So...thoughts? Experience? Help?
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