Re: Help! 2 week old!
congratulations on your new baby!
it sounds like you are doing everything right, and your baby is just fine. eating for a few minutes every hour is annoying for you but perfectly healthy. and she will get better and better at this - she's still so new!
the LLL guidelines about switching sides is: finish the first breast first. notice how there's no time limit in there? because you should watch your baby, not the clock. a doc who tells you you should feed for x mins per side is a doc who hasn't really had that much experience with breastfeeding. so let her finish the first breast first; if she comes off after 5 mins maybe try to put her back on the same side, then go ahead and switch. if you have an abundant supply (sounds like you do - spraying, dripping, lots of spitup) then she can get a large amount of milk very quickly and that's okay.
in fact, the best thing for her if she's getting a lot fast is to eat very frequently. because there is no such thing as foremilk/hindmilk. it is all milk. when milk sits in your breasts for a long time, it separates (just like unhomogenized cow milk in your fridge), and the fat clings to the milk ducts. then you nurse and the first milk out is less fatty, until it mixes back up again and then the later milk is more fatty. but if you are nursing very frequently, then your milk doesn't have as much time to separate, and there is less difference between the early and later milk in terms of fat.
so: keep on nursing at earliest cue, every hour is GOOD if that's how often she wants it. remember breastmilk digests very very fast so she can fill up and still be hungry in an hour! that's how newborns eat. this phase will pass soon enough; for now just settle in with a book or tv and enjoy your time resting
how much are you pumping? why are you pumping?
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