My daughter was born April 4 via c-section and I've been breastfeeding from the beginning with a week of formula supplementation because of jaundice.
Since this past Sunday she's been what I later found out was cluster feeding.
She's pretty much attached to me or my breast from around 8am until about 6pm.
She tends to suck for about 5-10 min, then falls asleep, I switch breasts, and she does the same. The only time she has normal feedings is at night where she'll actually have a full feeding from each breast lasting about 15 min per breast, sometimes longer with the entire feeding lasting from 30min to 1 hr.
I prepared breakfast this AM with her attached to my breast - not easy. I wasn't able to get lunch for myself until 2 hours after lunch - my husband came home from work early to help me.
Because of this schedule, I'm not able to eat enough calories each day being alone and having trouble doing ANYTHING.
Each person I ask gives me a different answer:
don't supplement because your milk supply will dwindle
do supplement to give yourself a break
do allow on demand feedings
don't pump to skip a feeding to allow my husband to help me get some rest because my supply will dwindle
All I want to do is to be able to prepare food for myself and to wear something other than a nightgown all day long! I can't even get a shower until my husband comes home from work.
If she's not attached to a breast (because she's eating or because she's sucking for comfort) she has to be in my arms sleeping. The moment I put her down her eyes open up and she starts crying again - that I'M REALLY HUNGRY cry even though a moment earlier she was sleeping. Then the process starts over again.
The only positive: we've got a good latch!
What should I do?
My next strategy is to pump when I can until I have enough for a full feeding, then I'll start replacing her quick 5 min feeding with a full bottle in hopes that she'll go at least an hour before her next feeding and either stay awake and be happy and content or sleep.
I don't know for sure if my milk has 'come in' yet - how are you supposed to know? We go to the DR tomorrow to get her weight so we'll know then if the last week worth of breast feeding only has been beneficial or not.
ANY advice I can get would be appreciated!!! I'm snapping at my husband and every little thing he's doing, even though he's trying his best to help me, is annoying me. At night he's feeling the pressure though when her cluster is ending and she refuses to go to sleep before her first nighttime feeding.