I just wanted to start of by saying that I am grateful and happy to be part of llli. Reading the stories on the forum and the advice given has encouraged and gotten me and my baby to where we are today.
My baby is 9.5 weeks. Was born at 36w4ds and weighed 5lbs10.6oz. We have had our challenges in the start. When he was born he had a great latch but did not suck and so we were in the hospital for 2 days as his weight dropped to 5lbs3oz I think (10% drop in weight) then they introduced formula and I started pumping but was devastated because I wanted to breastfeed.
Then the hospital told us to attempt breastfeeding for an hr, supplement with formula and then pump. So we went home and started that but 2 days later there was no change so I went to a breastfeeding clinic and they helped us out and noted that I should supplement with my pumped breastmilk as he had reached his birth weight and then work my way to exclusive breastfeeding. After a week and half to two weeks we achieved that goal. The first couple of weeks were rough with very little sleep but we got through them and have been EBF since.
Starting week 5, he started cluster feeding in the evenings would go from starting anytime between 4:30 pm and end anywhere between 12-2 pm. The thing is he has been doing that ever since so here we are at 9.5 weeks and I feed frequently from 6 pm-12/2am. I am okay with it as he is my only child right now but its hard to get anything done. He also feeds frequently during the day every 1.5-2 hrs max 3 hrs. Is it normal for baby's to feed this long for 4.5 weeks (I am not sure when it will end). It gets tiring when I am feeding for that long of a stretch everyday and my wrists hurt as well as I can only hold him in the cross cradle hold to feed him (have tried other positions but it does not work and the bf clinic told me to stick to this position for a good latch).
I don't think it is a latch problem as we fixed that at 5 weeks. Also I highly doubt it is a supply problem as I eat oatmeal and fenugreek. Plus when he goes without a feed for 1.5-2 hrs in the day my breasts feel full/leak. My breasts don't feel full between 6 pm-1/2am because he is feeding continuously (however I do feel let downs and sometimes the breast he is not feeding on will leak a little). He has a good number of wet diaper over 8/10 and good number of poops at least 4 a day. He is also gaining weight well. He was 9lbs 2oz at 8 weeks.
After this long stretch of feeding we used to get a 4 hr stretch of sleep (for some reason he is vey fussy this week so he wakes up more frequently unless I am holding him while he sleeps and keeps chomping on his hand) with a wake around 4-6 dependant on when he is done and then feeds and sleeps another 2-3 hr stretch. I generally have him sleep in a bassinet next to my bed.
Also I nurse him to sleep even for his naps and when I see that he is asleep I unlatch him rock him and put him down but he wakes up and wants to latch on again. He likes to sleep latched to the breast (even if not sucking or drinking). Does anyone else's baby do this. I am wondering if it is a bad habit that I am encouraging/cultivating because even though he is really tired and full it is hard to rock him to sleep, he will only sleep if latched to the breast.