Hi again ladies. Have 2 questions: 1) How long do you nurse for? My preemie is 15 weeks, 9 adjusted and she eats for 10 minutes on one breast (had forceful let down issue) MAX. Sometimes she falls asleep after 5 minutes, and I am doing everything except pouring cold water over her head to keep her up. She still wakes up every 2-3 hours to eat, sometimes 4, but is gaining weight and growing perfectly. Occasionally she wants the breast after 1 hour, 45minutes, but it's more because she wants to soothe (I've been using a pacifier, but it works 50% of the time).
2) I think #1 is related to the nursing to sleep pattern she's falling into. Anyone know a gentle way to break it or does it just stop on its own? I fear that my little one only associates eating with sleeping. She doesn't seem like she wants to eat until she is ready to fall asleep, and then I can only get her to nurse for the short time. I really want to put her down when she is awake but drowsy so she doesn't need me to fall asleep.
Is all this just normal with preemies and I need to giv her time? I am just trying to avoid starting a bad habit I won't be able to break later.