At one breastfeeding support group meeting I went to, the mamas were about 50/50 split between offering 1 side or 2 at each feeding.
Maybe your LO really enjoys the hind milk and needs the fat instead of the quantity?
Yeah, one side feedings are common though personally, I just can't imagine!! LOL. I don't think Andy EVER popped off with a milk-drunk contentment even after 2 breasts. He always eventually fell asleep after nursing at least 30 minutes. So though I plan on early "insurance" pumping- for others it'd cause oversupply troubles.
You might pump the unused side for comfort until the 3ish week growth spurt though. Maybe then your baby will take a 2nd side.
Deegan only take 1 side as well. Sometimes 10 min sometimes 20min. I believe he's full because like Michelle he refuses the other side. Today is the 3 day I haven't had to pump. Ahh is so nice not to have to pump every 3 hours. I don't know if my supply adjusted or I really hope my supply didn't decrease. Since deegan was a preemie and on a IV for 2 weeks I had to pump and I was pumping 4oz so I know I had an oversupply.
I'm so happy things are going so well. It's just natural this time unlike with DD. I'm even nursing in public! I never thought I would do that.
We still have to work with my heavy let down, he's still overwhelmed with it and pulls off...is this normal?
Michelle & Matt ~ 5/20/06
M/C 6/8/09 ~ 9 weeks, 5 days
Presley Tatum ~ 3/3/08 @ 38 weeks
Deegan Christopher ~ 4/7/10 @ 35 weeks
Michelle, I try to lay back and it helps a bit but sometimes he almost chokes comes off and doesn't want to attach again right away, frustrating though, especially if I'm full! I may have to just express some off first. Well it's good to know one side can be normal and I got confirmation from Aaron anyway, I offered the other side and first time he took it but only for a few minutes, then he vomited a fair bit up so I guess he does get enough from one! I had a bit of a lump today on the left side so I missed a feed from the right (expressed though) and let him feed from the left again and I massaged the lump down while he was on and it seems to be a lot better now, was getting sore, don't want mastitis!
I am feeding one side at a time with Beni. She is eating wonderfully these days. We're still using a timer to make sure she's eating at least every three hours (but generally closer to every 2 hours), and of course, often she gives me signs that she's hungry on much shorter intervals.
Can I just say as a total random comment that it breaks my heart when she spits up? I think it's because I see her doing it and assume that she must feel sick/nauseous like I do when I throw up, which obviously, isn't the case right? I know babies spit up all the time, and I need to get used to it... I think it's just overwhelming how much I want everything to be perfect in her little world.
Mara & Joel, 2009
I get to join the breastfeeding thread!! Yay! My milk finally came in on Sunday night, around midnight...I gave birth Wednesday evening, so it took longer than I expected. Since then, we haven't supplemented at all. My question is...what is with the cluster feeding? Is this normal? During the day she'll eat every 2-3 hours and be perfectly content between feedings, usually sleeping. At night, the last 2 nights from 1-5 or 1-6 she wants to be at the breast ALL.THE.TIME. I'm exhausted. I know it won't be like this forever, but is it normal??? I googled cluster feeding and it seems its exactly whats going on...
Malysa, the cluster feeding is very normal! What I've done with Jackson is to offer him the breast every hour or so from 5-9 pm. Its helping to fill him up so that he's not as interested in cluster feeding through the night. Then again, he's been great at breast feeding from day one. My first was much much harder!
I didn't bf my first...he didn't latch ever so I pumped for about a month. This is a whole new experience for me and I think it's going well. I'm a control freak so I'm trying to go with the flow more and not worry so much. So far so good. She has a weight check today so we'll see.
I'll try the 5-9 thing tonight and see what happens! I posted on my fb last night and I'm already getting responses like "maybe she's not getting enough" or "give her formula"...sigh.
It's SO normal! Andy was stuck to me for about 4 hours every evening for a couple months. It IS exhausting! A couple reasons for it... you make less milk in the evening so they spend more time with you wanting more. Also, they are stocking up for a longer stretch of sleep during the night (which may or may not occur yet!).
It is a good idea to offer the breast a little more often during earlier hours if the cluster feeding is overwhelming. Or prepare for them and get stuff done earlier. Pick a movie to watch and have drinks and snacks ready, etc. It's hard to do when you have kids to feed and things to do but when you plan on being stuck to the couch, maybe throw dinner in the crockpot or serve dinner earlier, it is easier. Somewhat.
For those who get the cluster feeding in the middle of the night, all I can say is try to plan ways to nap earlier, sleep in a little or find a way to be comfortable enough to at least doze while BFing. Later, 4 to 6 weeks is recommended, you can have someone else give an occassional bottle during the hardest times so you can sleep.
Don't listen to those people who are trying to discourage you already!!!! BFing is at it's hardest right now and you are doing fantastic!
Last edited by JenH; 05-05-2010 at 12:52 PM.
I'd say from about 8 or 9pm to midnight or 1am I get the cluster feeding...this time I don't mind because then the girls are in bed and it's not dinner time and I can concentrate on him...so after this he usually sleeps 4 or 5 hours (last night it was 5 hrs 15 mins;damn I was full!), then he'll wake for a feed then go back down for a couple of hours, that's when it's time for the girls to be up and ready for school, he's usually dozing when I get them dressed...am a bit stressed how it's going to be when DH goes back to work because when it's feed time again for Aaron it's time for the girls to be walked to school and DH is taking them right now, next week it will be me so may have to push around the times a bit this weekend to accommodate.