My son was born at 37 weeks. We had some latch issues and the LC was concerned about weight gain, so I've been pumping and feeding him from a bottle. She told me that once he was around his due date or I was pumping 1 oz per breast that I should work on his latch. So, he is now 2 weeks old and I am able to get an ounce from my right breast but only a 1/2 oz (if I'm lucky) from my left. My son seems interested in latching, so we are having a go at it. All day today I have been breastfeeding him and not pumping at all. He seems to latch on pretty good. It's painful at the beginning but then the pain subsides. He sucks actively for about 10 minutes and then falls asleep. I try to wake him, he'll suck a few times and then nod off again. So, I usually remove him from the breast and lay him down to sleep. I was concerned that 10 minutes wasn't enough so one time I weighed him before and after I fed him and he did gain an ounce, so I guess he's just a good efficient eater.
Anyway, since I haven't been pumping I find that my breasts are not soft anymore after a feeding. Parts of them are hard as if I'm getting engorged again. Why is this? Is he not draining my breast? Or since he's doing the sucking as opposed to the pump, is it making my breasts produce more? Should I pump after a feeding to make my breasts soft again?
Also, if he eats for 10 minutes and sleeps, should I just put him down to sleep? He seems to be satisfied and has plenty of wet diapers. His poops are yellowish, but he only has 1-2 a day. He's only had 1-2 a day for teh past week or so. The Dr. said some babies just dont poop as much.
This breastfeeding thing is new to me. I was unable to breastfeed my first 2 children and I really want to succeed this time. Thanks!