I know babies are supposed to cluster feed in the evening, and that this is in preparation for sleeping for longer stretches at night. But does this sound normal?: my DS is 10 weeks old, and has cluster fed EVERY night since birth for an average of 5 hours per night. In addition, by this point I don't seem to have any milk left and she gets more and more frustrated, sucking really hard and pulling my nipples until she gets anything (which only happens intermittently when my drained breasts manage to produce anything). If I take her off and give her to my husband for a break she goes crazy until she's allowed back on, at which point the assault on my nipples begins again until she falls asleep. For the last 5 weeks I have done that switch nursing thing, where I swap sides every time the swallowing ends, so that she gets a little more, but doing this for hours on end every single night is really starting to wear me down.
What I don't understand is why isn't my milk supply catching up with this demand? I am committed to BFing but there is only so much my nerves can take. I'm considering supplementing with formula for this part of the evening just to give me a break and restore my sanity because I can't think of anything else which would work. Is there anything I can do to avoid giving formula? I tried expressing in the morning so I had a bottle at night but it takes me over an hour to get an ounce and I really can't face all this cluster feeding AND pumping.
What am I doing wrong? Will this ever get easier? !
Any advice would be very welcome...