My son is 9 days old today (was born at 37w5d) via emergency c-section. In the hospital we were told to wake him every 2-3 hours to feed him. We are still doing that all day and night. He rarely wakes on his own because we are always waking him to feed. When can we stop waking him and wait for him to wake and give us cues?
Also, I believe that I have an oversupply and an over active let down. Feedings are very stressful for the both of us. If I try to feed him as soon as I wake him up he is too sleepy and won't latch. If I try to feed after I wake him, change his diaper and strip him it is like he is too hungry and then frustrated and won't latch. He cries and roots but won't latch. It sometimes takes 20-30 minutes to actaully get him to latch to feed. The reasons I think I have the oversupply/over-active let down are: He usually chokes at least 1 time per feeding, he is gassy all of the time, my breasts are engorged a lot of the time, sometimes only actively sucks for as little as 6 minutes but sometimes it is as long as 35 minutes. I have tried different feeding positions and none of them seem to help. Does it sound like I this is indeed what I have? What suggestions do you have?
This morning from 5:15-7:45 we went rounds with him rooting but not latching then falling asleep. When I would put him down he would start rooting again but then not latch.
He has plenty of dirty and wet diapers on a daily basis. He is content all of the time or sleeps well except during the feeding process. Are these the most important things?
Thank you in advance for your help! I am committed to this process but it is very frustrating right now!