I am a first time mom and my son is now 11 days old, and I feel like I'm being stretched to my limit. During the day he is a realitively easy feeder, latches on pretty well (sometimes after a few attempts) and eats on average every 1.5-2 hours. However at night he's much more challenging. It's almost like he forgets how to latch on and gets so frustrated and hungry once he does latch, he only nurses for like 5 minutes. It's gotten so frustrating that I now pump enough for 1 or 2 feedings at night, and my husband gives him the bottle for the midnight or 3 am feeding (last night both) and he calms down pretty much immediately and either will be silent and alert or go to sleep.
Is it possible that my milk supply dwindles off at night? It just doesn't seem like he gets satisfied. Also I'm seriously considering trying to express milk and do more of a combo breast feeding/ bottle feeding for my sanity and his satiation. Has anyone had success with that this early on? I feel like a failure for even considering that but what use am I to my beautiful son if he's hungry and I'm frustrated, sleep deprived and in tears?
Also another question. It seems like during the day he is feeding on average 15-20 minutes on just one breast.. is that normal? I've read from several sources that he should be eating 15 minutes on each side (30 min total) but he just falls asleep and I cant get him to switch sides.
Any advice or encouragement for a first time mom is greatly appreciated