Okay I am pretty much a first time strictly breast feeding/milk mom. With DD1 I was discouraged about the nurse in L&D and DD1 had a hard time latching and I mainly just wanted to pump (only did it twice a day, shame on me lol) and fed her formula (partly because it was easier...shame on me again!) With DD2 I pumped a lot more and she also had trouble latching for the first few weeks and then after DH went to boot camp I was uncomfortable breast pumping at his brother's house and such so I quit and just went to formula. Anyway...
So Desmond latches pretty good (once he gets on the nipple ha!) and he nurses for about 15 minutes before he falls asleep (and man that kid sleeps hard!). Sometimes he nurses for longer (last night was 45 minutes). However, when he's trying to get it he seems to be also sucking a lot of air when on the nipple. Is that normal? He seems to be pretty gassy and you can tell it hurts him because that's when he really screams.
Last night was DH's first night with Desmond and he was awesome! Of course he can't help with feedings yet because I hadn't started pumping (I did this morning) and so after I would feed him, he would get mad because of all the air, and DH would pace around with him patting him to get all the burps out (and he had a lot...farts hurt him too).
Des was up at least every hour for the first few hours because of this (eating for about 15 minutes, falling asleep, then screaming because of gas pains). Finally we put a firm pillow propped up in his pack n play and he seemed to do better that way instead of flat on his back. After that he got up once more because he had pooped (and DH has done all but one diaper! Seriously, he's being so awesome!) and then after swaddling him and bouncing him, Des went back to sleep.
Is it normal for babies to get so gassy when they first begin breastfeeding? DD2 was real gassy but it was farts and constipation because she couldn't handle Similac formula (DH's whole side of the family can't handle that brand...weird huh?) and of course that was the brand the hospital used.
Is it something I should bring up with the dr about or will he outgrow sucking all the air in? I partly think that he gets air because he's gulping from the breast so quickly but I dunno if that's possible.