My LO is 2 weeks old now. She nurses well but seems to really gulp when first put on the breast, sometimes coughs and gasps, pulls off to burp every few minutes, and spits up fairly often. (She's a "happy spitter" so far and already a pound over birthweight at 2 weeks, so I'm not too concerned about that part right now.) I also noticed that she was pretty gassy and having foamy/bubbly stools, though they werestill yellow.
After a bit of research, I decided to try nursing her from one side per feeding. Like I said, she pulls off often, and she's never been able to "empty" a breast, so it was a bit stressful trying to decide when to switch sides anyway. She seems to be doing better with the single-sided feedings, but I do still have some concerns.
She nurses every 2-3 hours during the day so I'm worried that going 4- 6 hours between stimulating each breast is going to hurt my supply. Her ped suggested that I may want to pump the side she doesn't nurse from during/after each feeding. Is this necessary to keep my supply up? I don't particulalry care for the idea of pumping all day, or even every day for that matter, but I will if that's what needs to be done. At this point I seem to have more than enough milk, but I would hate to run into supply issues in the future from only stimulating one breast per feeding. At the same time, I'd hate to create an oversupply.
Does it sound like I may be experiencing an oversupply now? Has anyone only nursed on one side this early on? Did you pump also? If not, did you have supply issues? Is it just a bad idea to be only nursing from one side at this point? Anyone have any experiences or advice they'd like to share? Thanks in advance and sorry for the novel!