I'm getting confused with all the different advice that I'm getting and reading on website etc! Please help!
My DS is 6 weeks (almost 7 weeks), he's gaining well , and getting lots of wet and poopy diapers . He is exclusively BF. Since birth I've been feeding(two sides) him every 3 hours (I had to wake him up). He is now 9 lbs, 9 oz (Born at 5 lbs, 10 oz). During the last two weeks a meal can take more than one hour(mainly cuz he nibbled, and i didn't know what that was). I went to a LC at the hospital, and this is what they told me:
Make sure he's drinking (yep, my DS does drink), if he starts to nibble, then do breast compressions, if he's still nibbling during the compressions, then he is full, then stop feeding. Or he is full when he unlatches. Then repeat for other side.
My confusion: I followed this advice, and feed him two sides (and breasts are empty afterward) but DS still seems hungry (tongue sticking out- as per Kellymom website, a sign of hunger)). ( but I also heard that at 6 weeks, babies are exploring, and it does not mean he's hungry)... I tried to feed him, and breast compression, but he nibbles...
Question: Is he still hungry when he nibbles (with breast compressioN)
Confusion about the frequency of feedings. Since DS is almost 7 weeks, and is gaining weight, how often should I feed? I heard that it should be "on-demand"... which is great! however, I also heard not to let him go longer than 3 hours (which may mena that I have to wake him up!)...
In a 24 hour period, he has 7 meals (because I wake him up at the "3-hour" mark during the day, but let him sleep through the night).
Question - Is it on-demand? or should I feed him every 3 hours? and if it's on demand, is there any restrictions on how long he can not eat (one advice i got was, don't let him go longer than 4 hours without eating)