Hi zputriz, my replies are in blue.
my baby is 2 wks plus old, initially after discharge i pump my milk n offer both breast milk n formula (ie mixed feeding) to baby. With just breastmilk, baby will only last 2 hours or so but w formula which is harder to digest,she sleep around 4 hours or so.
For a new born, try not to drag feedings for more than 3 hours. It is normal to feed 2-3hrs. I fed my baby every 3 hours.
starting last week, i decided not to express aand offer my breast to her first drg feeding n then supplement w formula if nec, which is always the case bcos my baby seems to be hungry after breastfeeding and needs at least 60-80ml of formula so she can really become full.
There are phases called growth spurts where baby's appetite will suddenly increase. Growth spurts take place roughly around 7-10days, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 mths, 4 mths, 6 mths and 9 mths. During those times babies could nurse as frequently as every hr. You should offer your breast rather than supplementing with FM then your body will be able to tune to the increased demand and thus increase supply to meet the raised appetite of your baby.
My worries are:
1. she nurses about 5-10 min, most of the time and i have read that babies need to nurse an average of 5-15 min so that our milk can continue production, is it true? how long does hindmilk take to come out?
I was advised by my friends and LC to let baby drink up to 15min on each breast at each feeding. Hindmilk usually takes 2-3mins to come out. Chances are, if your baby is only drinking for 5 min, she's getting more foremilk than hindmilk. You can tell also when you pump, you can see how long it takes before you notice a thicker colour of white.
2. my baby tends to fall aslp quite easily wheen nursing 5-10min, will baby be more alert as she grows older?
Yes your baby will be more alert when she is older.
3. Recently,she's been waking up every 2hrs or so, n i have been giving her breast before formula, n when at night, she tends to doze off at the breast n then due to very short nursing, she wakes up soon after wanting milkn i offer formula to keep her aslp but still 2 hours later she'll wake up again.. she's only 2 wks plus, is she purely hungry or having a growth spur?
Refer to my reply above regarding roughly when growth spurts occur.
4. i also read that i may feel pins n needles when there is a milk let down, i have been experiencing it, n breast tend to feel a little pain on the breast that i have not milk baby. is it normal? i guage that i have somehow clear my breast when my breast is softer n no pain is felt.. is it true?
I dont't understand the statement in bold. But yes, when there's a letdown, you will feel "pins and needles". And yes, when your breasts are softer, it means that your baby has successfully cleared the milk in them.
5. How do i know that baby is having nipple confusion? bcos baby drinks alot n tend to get hungry often, i offer formula as supplement, and due to that as well as fearing nursing in public, i am thinking of weaning her off the breast soon, but i do enjoy bfeeding her now.. can anyone suggest/ advice me on my nxt step?
You mention that you wanna wean her off but you enjoy breastfeeding her... So I'm confused on how to advise because I dont't know if you really want to wean her off the breast or not.
thks in advance everyone