Today, 10:31 AM
Ok. As long as milk production is clearly high, there is probably no need to pump. It may be something to think about in the future IF you keep having to use nipple shields.
Galactagogues are any food, herb or medication that increases milk production. These are not necessary unless a mom has low production. Some moms take "nursing teas" or "lactation support" supplements not realizing that these contain galactagogues.
I am so glad you asked this question! So the official answer is that times between nursing sessions are counted from start to start. In other words if baby nurses at 10 am, whether baby nurses for 5 minutes or 90, if baby nurses again at 12 noon, that is a 2 hour interval. So, if you are trying to nurse every 1.5 hours, go by start times.
But why I am glad you asked is because there is absolutely no reason to look at nursing frequency based on the intervals between feedings!
It is entirely normal for a newborn to nurse, seem done, and then cue again 5 minutes later. It is entirely normal for a baby to nurse, go to sleep, and an hour later mom starts feeling full and want to nurse. It is normal for baby to nurse every 30 minutes part of the day, and then take a 4 hour stretch of sleep. (And many other variations, these are just examples.) Especially if baby is nursing one side at a time, which is totally ok and common assuming good gain, mom may feel full on the other side pretty quickly. This means, try to nurse, even if it has only been a...