I am new to this forum but have been reading for a while. You guys are awesome & are so helpful! Thanks to many GREAT posts!
I have a 9 day old little boy & we have been EBF since day one. He is the second that I BF. My first son only received it for 6 months- I had to introduce a bottle to him pretty early on & had many issues. After I delivered my first son, I was given very high doses of steroids and had to pump and dump for a few days. There were many healthy issues with me as well. Anyway, my goal this time around is 1 year. I am a full-time working mom with 12 hour shifts on a VERY work day. I am a little nervous about pumping when the time comes, but I know it will work out. With my most recent little guy, there have been no latching on issues since & everything is going pretty well. Many wet diapers and poopy diapers. He passed his birth weight 5 days after birth! So he is gaining well. I do have a concern, though, might not even be a big deal but wanted to see what you have to say .
I have had to wake him up every night since we came home from the hospital to feed. I read you shouldn't let BF babies sleep more than 4 hours in the early weeks but I have been waking him every 3 hours up until his first MD appointment. The MD advised to let him sleep but I still wake him every 4 hours- which is only once a night. His last feed is anywhere from 10pm-1200a. There is no schedule- he is fed on demand. My question for you, is it ok to let them sleep when they are so young? Also, I am scared to slow down my milk supply since we are only 9 days in & we are still establishing BF. I am wondering if I should maybe wake up to pump and get my stash up before returning to work. I don't go back to mid-september. I just want to enjoy him and pump the most little as possible.