I've been browsing the forums for a while reading all the helpful information, but maybe its the late hour, I've been getting frustrated with myself and was hoping to get some clarity on a few things as I take care of our new 9 day old son.
First some background. I've been eBF since birth and he had no problem latching from the very first moment. Unfortunately the first few times I had some severe cracking and bruising so I introduced the nipple shield which I've been using ever since. He seems to latch quite quickly and it seems to be getting him the milk he needs - lots of diapers throughout the day and night (wet and BM) and my breasts feel like they're filling up regularly and draining properly. His weight is also steadily going up from the few weighings we've had.
Right now his schedule is at the start of a cycle he wakes up, I feed him for 20 min, change him and feed him for 20 min more. After about 10 minutes of feeding on any breast he is super dopey and sleepy. I poke and prod at him with DH to keep him going and try to aim for about 40 min total or the best he'll do. I know its normal to fall asleep at the breast but he seems so out of it. When we do poke at him he does actively suckle and swallow so I assume its ok?
After he feeds he's usually pretty ready for bed. He is easily out for a 2 hour stretch when we wake him and feed him again.
Last few days we've noticed that about 2-3 times a day, he'll feed, be sleepy and when we're just about to put him to bed, he's wide awake. We try to play with him and stimulate him, but before we know it he gets very fussy, crying lots. We do the usual stuff (diapers, burping, skin-to-skin) but none of it seems to work. At this point after about an hour of play/fuss I feed him again and hope he falls asleep - doesn't always work out although he always feeds (5-15 min). I'm not sure what to do when he gets like this or if its because he's not getting enough from me. Before I know it, its been 3 hours since his last big feeding and I'm trying to get a long feeding out of him. Is this normal? Is there anything I should be watching for?
Another question I had was I'm not sure what a "feeding" is. If I feed him for 30-40 min and he feeds again in an hour for 15 minutes, is that 2 feedings? I ask because on his current schedule of feed for about an hour, and sleep for about 2 hours, he only gets in 7-8 feedings a day. DH and I been waking him at night every few hours to feed him. To be honest I can't remember a time when he's woken up hungry, nor can I remember a time when he's turned down a feeding.
Any help or tips appreciated.