Yesterday, 09:00 PM
I have a 5 week old baby and I'm looking to see if based on my particular situation if I'm successfully breastfeeding. A little background:
My baby was born at 9 pounds and is a very strong sucker. I found it hard to directly breastfeed him at first, particularly because he tends to not open his mouth very wide sometimes (which was painful) and most of the time keeps his eyes closed while feeding. The first few days were painful, so I reluctantly started using a nipple shield. I've kept with it until late last night and today.
Normally, it takes me about 40 minutes to feed him with the shield, and I usually offer both sides and he takes them most of the time. When I decided to offer to feed him without the shield, it seemed as though his feeding time on one side was cut in half. I'm worried that he isn't getting enough to eat, but I'm finding that he now takes just one side and then falls asleep. Without the shield, he sometimes will make a smacking noise, almost as if he doesn't have a good latch going, but I don't feel pain. Without the shield, he sometimes makes a smacking noise, as if he's having a hard time keeping the latch (but he doesn't let go and it's not painful).
Usually he's up around 9 PM until 11 or so, and I then feed him one more time before putting him down for the night. Last night however I tried to rouse him to feed around 11 and he wouldn't have it, so I let him basically sleep through until 5 and pumped at 11.