I am a first time mom exclusively breastfeeding my almost 2 week old baby boy. After a rocky start, he is latching well. Our local hospital has an excellent lactation consultant on staff who has helped me out a lot, but I am still having some issues and wondering if you all could help me.
I was told that he should be nursing for periods of approximately 40 minutes each time at a frequency of every 2-3 hours. He consistently gives me hunger cues about every 2 hours and I nurse him.
The problem is that he often does not go for nearly 40 minutes. I am lucky if I can get 30 minutes and sometimes can only get him to nurse for 10 minutes.
The main problem seems to be that he falls asleep. I have tried stimulating his cheek, pulling his chin down, moving his arms, rubbing his back, etc. to get him to start nursing again but he is just not having it.
He also seems to have a frequent problem of spitting up after being fed. I've been trying to burp him at least twice during longer periods of feeding to help, but he will still spit up at times. Today, after a 10 minute session I burped him and I feel like almost all of what he had just taken in came back up.
I am very nervous that because I can not get him to feed for the 40 minute periods that my milk supply is going to decrease.
He is not showing any signs as of yet that he is not getting enough. He seems to have enough dirty/wet diapers per day. He was also back up above his birth weight after only 1 week and 1 day at his first pediatrician appointment. He was 7 lb 10 oz when born and was 7 lb 13 oz at 1 week 1 day.
Any advice would be much appreciated. I REALLY want to do this correctly to provide my son with breast milk as long as I can! Thank you all in advance.