Re: Persistance Pays
wow, mama, congratulations! it sounds like you've done an awesome job.
some thoughts on your questions:
you should nurse on demand - at earliest demand - until she's done. lots of babies fall asleep at the breast or pop off contentedly. you can offer the other side if she's still awake. don't plan to wait a particular amount of time bmetween feeds - watch for her early cues (like chewing on her hand, pushing her tongue out, that sort of thing) and frequently offer even when she's not cueing. sometimes this means she'll eat every hour, but that's ok. especially as she's new back to the breast and you're not certain about your supply, let her nurse whenever she wants for as long as she wants - that will get your supply up like nothing else.
now that she's nursing on demand, it's time to change your thinking about how much she takes in. this is usually better measured through output. for normal no problem breastfed babies, they should have 6-8 wet diapers in 24 hours. since she wasn't transferring well at first, you want to additionally make sure that she is transferring well now, so a couple of before & after weighs on the LC's sensitive scale is probably worth it. but after you confirm that, if she has 6-8 wets in 24 hours, she's getting enough, and you can quit pumping.
just want to confirm - you are not supplementing (with milk or formula) her for the past 4 days, just nursing at the breast?
good for you!
DS 6/7/11 - Still night & morning nursing, but the rest of the time he just doesn't have time for me! After mostly working at home, gleefully packed away the pump at 11 months.
Another on the way in October 2013!