Hi. I always new I'd breastfeed, but I never realized how tricky it can be, Let alone the fact that I can't hardly leave the house until I start pumping at 4 weeks. I feel like I nurse her ALL the time! sometimes I just rotate left,right, left, for two hours or more, then again an hour later. She can't be going through a growth spurt for the entire 2 weeks! She has slept for four hours once or twice, but last night she was up for 4 or 5 hours and then only slept 2 hours once she was down. When she's up she always wants to nurse,then gets sleepy, then wakes herself up kind of fussin to nurse again. Can someone just tell me this is normal and other people struggle too? OR is this not normal?
Do I feed on demand or not? If I've already nursed her for a more or less continuous period (over an hour) can I stop?
When I start pumping, how do I do that. Do I nurse her first then pump a little extra? Does anyone have tips on how to get started?
Can someone tell me when it will balance out a little? For instance, I feed her, burp her, then lay her down and she gets the hiccups. Then I soothe, feed, burp, lay her down and 10 minutes later she poops, etc... I know she's only 2 weeks old, but I'm also 2 weeks old at being a mom and don't know what's normal and am finding breast feeding harder than I thought (although there is not an option as far as i"m concerned) and I don't know when I can expect things to balance out.
thank you for listening and hopefully responding.