My 32 weeker (now almost 39 weeks) has been trying to BF pretty much since birth, and while she is now doing much better at latching-on (she doesn't always latch, but is getting better) - which is the good news, HOWEVER when she does latch and BF she never seems to be full.
I know I have more than adequate milk (as I have pumped milk for her since she was born - and every pumping session I get between 4 and 7 oz, both breasts combined).
Today for example, I BF her. She fed for about 20 minutes each side, and once she came off each breast I checked it (by sqeezing the areola) to see if it was "empty" - this morning, she "emptied" the first side, but not the second. She seems to have her fill, she starts to fall asleep after feeding for 40 minutes, and stops showing interest in the breast. BUT as soon as I try to put her into her crib (or even if I let her sleep in my arms) she won't settle, and ends up screaming and crying - along with this, she starts rooting, putting her hands to her mouth, and sucking them. I have tried giving her a pacifier (in case she just needs to suck for a while), but nothing works - I then have to get a bottle ready for her, and once she has had that, she will settle and sleep.
I'm now not concerned about getting her to BF exclusively (the reason being, that I return to work in a few weeks, so it seems like a pointless endevour to try to have her ONLY BF, then have to switch back to having both bottle and breast) BUT I would like to be able to BF her when we are together, and through the night. I just don't know how to get her to do this - and I don't know why she never seems to be full after BF-ing.
Any ideas? Is it because she is still mastering the art of BF-ing, and is just pooping herself out trying?
I wouldn't mind feeding her every 2 hours......but I literally cannot get her to settle AT ALL if she has only BF (and not had a supplementary bottle) - so I either give the bottle, or would NEVER ever get to sleep.
I'd appreciate any thoughts - I'm pumping milk after every feeding session - so everytime she feeds it take approx 1.5 hours (to BF, bottle feed, then pump). I'd really like to get her to BF without supplement for some of her feeds, as I don't think I can keep this up once I have to go back to work.