Re: Is this normal?
Evenings-only colic. The Witching Hour(s). The fussy time. There are lots of different names for it, but it's almost always the same: mom feels deflated. Baby is crying, and the breast isn't making him happy even though it always does the trick at other times of day.
Having enough milk doesn't mean feeling "full." For most moms, feeling full means that you have extra milk. A baby can get a full meal from a "deflated" breast- he just may have to work a little harder in order to get it.
One thing I realized with my second kid is that if nursing isn't soothing the baby, you have to try other things. When my second daughter would gear up for her witching hours (7-10 pm), I would offer the breast. If she didn't seem interested (pulling off, not nursing long, or outright rejecting the breast), we went to plan B: rocking her, walking her around outside (fresh air can make a HUGE difference!), rocking her in a rocking chair, or giving her a bath.
Sleep when the baby sleeps. As long as the baby is having adequate wet and poopy diapers, there's no need to pump. Your body has a terrific internal clock that can be trained to make milk when it is required, and make much less when it is not required, simply by nursing on demand!
Also if he sleeps from 9pm to 4am can this cause my supply to decrease? should I wake and pump...that will suck bc I need the sleep after dealing w hrs of colic.
There's no average time. Some babies remain one-sided nursers for a very long time, or throughout their nursing careers.
When is a average age when they start 2 boobing it or is it diff for each baby? He's a big guy was 10.4 at birth and prob about 14lbs now. You'd think he'd need more than 1 breast for 10min.
Block feeding is useful for getting lots of hindmilk into the baby- but it also reduces supply. So I would use it with caution. Particularly in the evenings, when many moms notice they have less milk. You might want to try doing double-sided feedings during the fussy hour. That might soothe the baby if his issue is that he feels like the milk is too hard to get out, and it will increase supply during the evening.
1 reason I started only offering 1 breast was for the colic in case he was getting to much foremilk. and I'll block feed offering the same breast for a 2hr period in the evenings. Is there anything else I shld or shldnt be doing?
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