Hi all. I'm a newbie and first time mum to Toby who is 3 weeks 5days.
Breast feeding is now going well although the first 2wks were a struggle. He is gaining weight like a trooper!
I am just looking for some advice on hunger cues. As Toby is getting older he is having more periods where he is awake, however I feel like whenever he is awake he seems hungry! When we sit and 'play' together he opens and closes his mouth and breathes quite fast... Are these hunger cues? Other times it is more obvious.. He goes for his hands and starts making little moans. He loves to nurse and I honestly feel like he would do at any given opportunity! Is this normal??
Another thing I am wondering about is knowing when he is full. Sometimes he will fall asleep after 5 mins on the breast and be really hard to wake up. Most of the time he nurses for around 40mins taking both breasts, so if he doesn't take as long I worry he's not had enough. This isn't a problem in the day but at night I don't want him to wake up after 20mins and want feeding again. We only manage 2 hours at a push at night anyway! So I guess my question is should I try and get him to nurse for longer when he has these short feeds or is he just having a 'snack'?
Any advice would be appreciated!!