I'm sure this has been addressed a million times over, but I just wanted to see where you experienced breastfeeding moms stand...
Ashelyn will only feed on one breast per feeding session and this worries me a little. For the first week and a half (she's 2 weeks today) she would feed from both breasts at most feeding sessions. But, for the past 4 or 5 days, she will only feed on one breast at a time. Sometimes the sessions last 10 - 15 minutes or sometimes 20 - 30 minutes. Once she's done on the one breast (she falls asleep while feeding), that's it until she feeds again.
I worry about the fact that each breast will go several hours between feedings. Does that make sense? i.e. she feeds on the left breast for 15 minutes, then is done for 2 hours. After the 2-3 hours, she will feed 20 minutes or so on the right breast. Then another 2-3 hours until the left breast again. Therefore, the left breast goes up to 5-6 hours between feedings. I don't want my supply to dwindle because we go so long between feedings like that. And I would rather not have to pump the other breast after she finishes the first one.
I have read that I should let her feed until she unlatches herself - that I shouldn't break the latch myself. But I am wondering if maybe I should break the latch after a certain amount of time so that I can try and get her onto the other breast before she gets into too deep of a sleep.
What are your opinions on this? What do you do? I am seeing an LC on Saturday AM and I will see what she says too.
Thanks again - I really appreciate all of your information!!