I have written several times before asking lots of questions...but, I still have more. I love breastfeeding, but I just want to make sure my baby is getting all she needs. If someone has time to read through this long thread and answer my questions, that would be GREAT! Sorry for so many questions - but I am a first time mom and just want some reassurance that all is going ok.
Some preliminaries: my daughter has lots of pee diapers throughout the day and has one major poo, which is yellow and seedy. She was five weeks yesterday. I have been nursing and supplementing with formula, but my daughter hates the formula and my husband and I decided that I would begin just nursing exclusively and then if we are going to give a bottle, it will be with breastmilk and not formula (she is very gassy and I think it has something to do with the formula.)
So, with that, here are my questions (sorry if some of them seem trivial or naive.)
1. When nursing, do you ever run out of milk from a breast? Meaning, if I nurse for 25 minutes straight on one side, will the breast eventually run dry?
2. Sometimes I hear a clicking noise when she is nursing. I think I read somewhere that a clicking noise is bad. Is it? If so, is there something I can do about it? (Interestingly, it seems to only happen when she is on my right breast.)
3. It seems that my right breast has a very heavy let down. My daughter seems aggitated when it is happening. I have begun to remove her from the breast while it is happening (I tend to spray a lot - so I will spray into a towel and when it is done, I will put her back on the breast.) Once I do that, it seems she has a nice nursing session. Is that ok? Is she still getting enough from that breast?
4. I am always concerned that she is not getting enough food, despite the wet diapers and her daily poo. But, everyone tells me that if she were still hungry, she would be crying. Generally, when I am done feeding her, she will either fall asleep, fuss a bit but calm down within a few seconds, or just delatch from the breast on her own and look very content. She has nice up time during the day and fusses a bit, but is certainly not crying all day. Is it true that if she were still hungry she would cry?
5. Sometimes when she comes off the breast, she is fussy. I am able to calm her down within a few seconds by patting her on the back and holding her. I try to offer her the breast again and she generally will refuse or latch on for another few seconds before getting fussy again. It is hard for me to tell if she is fussing to tell me that she is done nursing or if she is fussing because she is still hungry and is not satisfied. Any comments/advice??
6. My daughter seems to be very gassy. My husband and I don't know whether it is because we have been trying to give her bottles and the formula and/or bottles are causing gas or if it is from breastfeeding. We have decided to cut out the bottles for a few days and then when I reintroduce them, we will only use pumped breastmilk (we are avoiding formula at least for now.) Can my nursing be causing her a lot of gas? If so, is there anything I can do about it? It hurts me to see that she is so gassy.
7. As I mentioned, starting in a few days, I will begin pumping milk and introducing a bottle of breastmilk. Does anyone else pump? If so, do you have any advice? My plan is to pump in lieu of a feeding and have my husband give her that bottle. (My reasoning is so that at some point if I am not with my daughter when she needs to eat, someone else can give her the bottle.) Also, are there certain bottles that you find best for a breastfed baby to use? (We tried the Dr. Brown's and the Playtex. It doesn't seem she likes either.)
8. Sometimes when she is nursing, my daughter seems to get very frustrated at the breast. She will close her fists, get red in the face and grunt. I will take her off the breast and calm her down and then put her back on the breast. Sometimes she will nurse nicely after that, sometimes the cycle of grunting continues. Any idea what this is??
9. Finally, how often should my daughter be feeding now? I know that in the first few weeks it was every 2 - 3 hours. Does that hold true for now also or should there be a longer period between feedings?
Ok - as I said, this was a VERY long thread. So sorry for all the questions - but as I said, I am very new at this and am just hoping I am doing this right.
Thanks again for anyone who took the time to read this and respond. I feel lucky that there is a support system like LLL to help us out. I am not sure that I would still be breastfeeding without the support I have been getting from LLL.