where do I start? My son, 13 1/2 wks has always fallen asleep at the breast. No matter how much I stimulate him (wet washcloth, tickling feet, br compression, undressing him, etc) he still falls asleep after 7-8 min on the first breast. He needs CONSTANT stimulation on the second breast to stay partially awake. This is so frustrating for me. Feed sessions were taking forever, sometimes an hour. He always seemed hungry after just eating; there were times where he'd suck down 6 oz for my husband soon after a br feed session. So I then tried following ea feeding with a bottle of brmilk. He was doing 6-7 hr stretches at night and about 5 during the day. Then after 4 days, he started refusing the bottle. I spoke to LC and she said stop the bottles, and keep him on the breast as long as he actively feeds. I now push him to do 10 min on ea breast, but it's still a definite struggle. The problem is now that we don't follow up with a bottle, he has gone from 6-7 hrs at night down to 3hrs. And also every 3 hrs during the day. And he seems to be sucking on his hands often during the day. (LC says that could be hunger or just need to suck for comfort.) I have to follow up most feeding sessions with pumping because he doesn't empty the breasts and I have had blocked ducts 3 times. (Also, he seems to eat better when my breasts are full...perhaps he doesn't have to work so hard?!) He generally has one to two poopy diapers and almost every diaper change is a wet one. One other thing to mention is that he takes Zantac for reflux.
I'm curious if others have had this situation, and how they dealt with it. Some days I really question whether brfeeding is worth it, for him and for me! I'd also like to know what is the average length of time for a 13 wk old child between feeding sessions...is three hours normal?