Re: New mom with a few questions
How old is your baby at this point? It sounds like he's still less than a week old?
Most of what you're experiencing is normal. 10 minute feedings are normal, provided that baby is producing adequate numbers of wet and poopy diapers. Still feeling full after nursing is normal, since most moms overproduce in the earliest days of breastfeeding. And again, as long as baby has good diaper output you know he's getting plenty to eat, regardless of how full or empty you feel after nursing. Babies will almost always take a bottle, even after a successful nursing session, and will almost always take a lot from it even if they are quite full, because a) babies love to suck, b) bottles deliver the same fast flow of milk regardless of whether the baby is sucking eagerly for nutrition or lazily for comfort, and c) when a baby sucks on a bottle he has to swallow or let the milk run out of his mouth or he will choke.
The one concern I have here is your earlier experience with cracks. That suggests a strong possibility that your baby's latch is not all it could be, and that can cause difficulties with milk transfer (i.e. baby not getting enough when nursing). I suggest getting in to see a lactation consultant for some hands-on help and evaluation of the baby's latch. I also suggest avoiding the pump right now, provided the baby is producing adequate wet/poopy diapers when nursing alone. Many moms start in way too early with the pump, and that can cause problems with oversupply which is, believe it or not, a real problem that you don't want to have! You want your milk production to be about equal to your baby's needs, not in excess of them.
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