After a rocky start, I am now happily breastfeeding my three week old . She couldn't get latched on to start with because I have flat nipples, so my breastfeeding specialist eventually told me to start using nipple sheilds. They are a bit inconvenient, but she started feeding from me as soon as I put them on!
I now feed her every 2-3 hours. She will suck well for about 10 mins, then zonk out and fall asleep. I then spend 15-20 mins trying to wake her using all the normal methods like burping her, nappy changing etc. Then I offer the second breast and she will do the same again. Sometimes, she then wants another go, so I go back to the first breast again. It means that some feeds go on for a really long time!
Would it be better for me to just offer the same breast after her mid way nap? I am concerned about her not getting enough hindmilk. Her output is good - lots of dirty and wet nappies - and when she eventually wakes up she is very alert.