Re: 3 days old, few questions.
It's excellent that your baby wants to feed frequently. First of all, it's normal for him- remember, his tummy is still very, very tiny! Second, it's great for engorgement- you want the baby to keep the milk flowing through the breast rather than letting it build up for long periods.
If the engorgement is troubling you or making latching difficult for the baby, here are some useful links:
Don't worry too much about how long the baby feeds for. First, frequency of feedings is generally more important for intake than the length of the feedings- you want a newborn to be nursing around 10-12 times per day, or even more frequently. Your baby must be nursing at least that often, since you say he's nursing every hour. Second, feeding duration varies widely even at the earliest ages, with some babies nursing for just 5-10 minutes and others needing closer to an hour to get their needs met. Third, as long as your baby is having adequate diaper output, he's getting enough to eat, regardless of how long or how short the feedings are.
It's fine to let your baby nurse in his sleep. Again, remember that he is tiny and his tummy is tiny- a few swallows here and there while he is sleeping might add up to quite a lot of milk. Some things to try to keep him alert at the breast:
- Keep the lights dim. New babies often close their eyes in response to bright light.
- Keep him cool. When it's time to nurse, strip him down to a single light layer, and consider keeping a fan blowing in the room where you nurse (just not directly on the baby!)
- Annoy him. If he's falling asleep at the breast, it's okay to encourage a little extra wakefulness by tickling the soles of his feet or rubbing agains the grain of his hair, using your hand or even a cool damp washcloth.
- Do breast compressions to speed milk flow to the baby.
It's entirely normal to have differences in supply, flow speed, and leaking between breasts. We're not perfectly symmetrical beings, after all! Again, what matters for a young baby is feeding frequency and diaper output, and it sounds like you're doing great on both. But I am curious what you mean about nursing being "more comfortable" on one side- what discomfort are you having on the other side? Let's see if we can fix that!
Finally, pleased not be concerned about the whole foremilk/hindmilk thing. All your milk contains everything a baby needs to grow and develop- all the fat, all the carbohydrates, all the protein. When it comes to weight gain, quantity of milk matters much, much more than quality (i.e. foremilk vs. hindmilk). A baby will grow well- sometimes exceedingly well!- on a diet of the so-called foremilk alone, provided he gets enough of it. The worst thing that is likely to happen, if a baby consumes a lot of foremilk, is that he might be a little extra gassy. Not a big deal, since babies are gassy no matter what!
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