Re: 6week old eating too often? Too much? Please help.
It sounds like everything is going perfectly well, and you are doing everything right! Therefore, no need to change anything.
Is your family more accostomed to formula-fed babies? If so, they may may not be aware of the differences in how formula-fed and breastfed babies eat. Breastfed babies tend to take small amounts of milk rather frequently, because breastmilk digests quickly and completely, because infant tummies are tiny, and because breastfed babies stop eating when they start feeling full. Formula-fed babies tend to take larger amounts less often, because formula digests slowly and because bottle-fed babies are routinely overfed due to the mechanics of bottle-feeding.
If your family is used to breastfed babies, then they may simply not remember how often newborns eat, or maybe they are just used to a more mellow, less demanding type of baby. And most people forget just how fussy, gassy, and confusing newborns are! They also forget that the experience of pooping is a new one for a new baby, and many babies exhibit signs of discomfort as they try to figure out the confusing new sensation.
Stretching out feedings is one of the major enemies of breastfeeding success. As LLLMeg pointed out, limiting the baby's ability to demand milk from the breast can have a negative impact on supply, and stretching out the intervals between feedings is likely to make the baby miserable because he can't understand why you won't nurse him! Stretching feedings to 3 hours will do absolutely nothing for sore nipples. If a baby is latched on properly, he could feed literally nonstop all day long and mom still wouldn't be sore. But 5 minutes with a bad latch- now that CAN make you sore! The fact that you're not sore at all suggests that breastfeeding is going just great. So- if it's not broke, don't fix it!
You're doing great!
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