Re: Intermittent Feeding and On/off latc
Welcome to the forum! What you describe sounds pretty normal for a 3 week old baby, though there are a few things that you might be able to improve. When a baby is gaining weight and producing the right number of diapers, and mom is not feeling sore, you know that things are going really right on the most basic level!
When baby unlatches after that 10-15 minute feeding, what do you see? Are you letting down that that point? You might see milk squirt, stream, or drip from the breast if you are. Often when a baby pulls off the breast during a feeding, she's trying to get away from a fast letdown. Fast letdowns can also explain the clicking sound- when a baby clicks, she's breaking suction, and that's another thing that can help her cope with a fast flow of milk.
If a fast letdown is causing your baby to pull away, it would also explain why she wants to feed again soon after- either she wsn't full to begin with, and wants a bit more, or she has learned that if she pulls off for a moment the letdown will subside, allowing her to get back on for some peaceful comfort nursing.
Couple more questions-
- Do you feel full or engorged a lot?
- Do you leak frequently?
- If you pump, how many oz would be typical output? (And if you are pumping, why are you pumping?)
- Does baby ever choke, cough, splutter, or gag when nursing?
- What color are baby's poops? Yellow like cheap mustard, or greenish (can be spinach green, fluorescent green, greenish-brown, etc.)?
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