Re: Help! After successfully breastfeeding for 7 weeks...
congrats on your new baby!
I have a couple of thoughts.
- lots of babies get faster at nursing, so by itself, going down to 10 mins is not necessarily of concern. if your baby is eating enough, he'll still be gaining weight, happy, having 5-6+ wet diapers per 24 hours
- lots of babies have growth spurts, where they need to get switched back and forth between sides to get more milk. this is normal.
- bottles can really throw some babies off. but if he's still latching and eating, just let him do that, as much as he wants. no more bottles.
- really my biggest concern with your post is what you say about having to bottle feed when you were with your family. can you tell us more about this? having to pump and bottle feed is a huge pain, and as you've experienced, can really throw off your baby. is there a specific reason you had to / felt you had to bottle feed? why couldn't you nurse? we can help you trouble shoot this, because it's going to make a HUGE difference in whether you will be able to meet your breastfeeding goals.
Nursing, pumping, cloth-diapering, babywearing, working professor mama with the awesomest SAHD ever.