Hi everyone - I've posted this concern within another thread, but I keep hearing conflicting stories from the 'professionals' so once again, I am looking to those who have 'been there' to further comment for the upteenth time.
My ds is 7 weeks old and recently weaned off a nipple shield (sometimes have to use it the middle of the night still). With the shield, my ds would nurse about 10-20 minutes - usually only on one side. About two weeks ago when he finally latched on, I noticed he only ate for about 5-10 minutes total.
Now at 7 weeks, he seems to be full even faster! He does eat very quickly at the beginning and I seem to have very fast milk, and what appears to be overactive let down. On average, he has about two (what I would call) really good feedings a day (around 6 or 7 minutes total), about 4 or 5 that are 'okay' - around 4-5 minutes total, and about 2 or 3 'bad' feedings - only about 2-3 minutes total.
He appears totally satisfied when he is done - and I can generally still 'spray' milk out of both breasts when he is done - so I don't think its a supply issue (although I was concerned about that). We continue to try to feed usually for about 30 minutes, but it seems when he is done, he is done. He still has about 2 or 3 large bowel movements a day (mustard yellow, seedy, usually very watery). Every single diaper is pretty wet - I've tried the trick of putting water in a diaper to judge the wetness, and his diapers all just seem normal to me - his output hasn't really changed since we transitioned to the breast. He is gaining weight significantly - 6-14 at birth - last weighed in at 9-12 (at 6 and a half weeks). He doesn't fuss or cry when he is done eating, I always try the nipple shield at the end just to see if he wants that. Thing is, when he is sucking, he is truly sucking milk - I can see it spraying out the corners of his mouth and my milk often lets down about 2 or 3 times every feeding. He usually eats every 2.5 to 3 hours.
Previous threads have told me this is perfectly normal - that he is just an 'efficient' eater. However, a doctor I spoke to today was shocked that he eats for such a short period of time and told me I should probably be supplementing him with a bottle after feedings. Should I be trying that? Problem is that when he is done, he is done - I try to put anything near his lips and he locks them shut - won't let anything in there. It has taken me 7 weeks to accept the fact that he is okay - as I have been worried about his eating since day one and now I think he is perfectly satisfied. But when doctors say things like that, I start to worry all over again.
Help please! Looking for reassurance. Is this normal?