I have a 7 week old boy with previous feeding problems. We are trying to get him off the bottle. I have a hospital grade scale to measure his bfing intake. He is 9lbs 10 oz. If I just breastfeed him whenever he wants for as long as he wants -with no bottle- he gets 12 to 15 oz in 24 hours. He's eating only 2-3 oz a feeding, and going 3 to 4-5 hours between the start of one feeding to the next ( I'm feeding when he gives me cues).
I have some questions if you ladies could help, please?
1: Is He getting enough, or should I make sure he is getting more with a bottle of expressed milk? He hasn't lost so far.
2: How long should I let him sleep before waking him to eat? He's slept 6-7 hours at night some nights. he has also slept for 6-7 hours, ate, then slept for another 5-6 hours. Is this bad? We are swaddling at night, could this be making him sleep too soundly?
3: Should I stop a feeding after a certain point if he's not getting much? A lot of the time he takes a while to eat, will he tire himself out or use too much energy? For example, if he eats for an hour and a half and only has gotten 1-2 oz should I pull him off and give him expressed milk?
4: I had supply issues which got better. Ive been trying to get off the pump. Since it takes a long time for him to get food out, Should I still be pumping after each feeding? I worry about not having enough milk to nurse him at next feeding if I pump (since feedings last so long sometimes they're only 1 hr apart), but I'm afraid of my supply going down.
5: Sometimes he downs 3 oz in 30-45 minutes, other times (even times when I dont seem to have low supply) he'll take an hour to get 1 oz. I tried to think of a reason for this and can't - anyone have any ideas?