Re: 2 week old nurses until I have nothing left, help!
When the baby goes back to the breast shortly after a long nursing session, what does she do? Does she act frustrated but generally stay on the breast? If that is the case, the best thing to do is to let her nurse, switching her back and forth between breasts whenever frustration is peaking.
The breast is never really empty, and in general the baby will always be able to get milk out of it if allowed to nurse. It may be flowing slower than she likes, but that will incentivize her to suck harder and drain the breast more thoroughly. The more empty the breast gets, the faster milk is made to replace what is being removed.
Evening nursathons are tiring and often frustrating, but they are the baby's way of training your body to make more milk.
If you continue to give a bottle during the fussy period, I suggest doing the following:
1. Nurse as much as possible, even when the baby appears frustrated.
2. Offer a small bottle, perhaps 1 oz or so, and then put the baby back onto the breast for an unlimited amount of time.
3. Pump after the baby is done to make up for any stimulation that the baby didn't give you due to getting the bottle.
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