So my wife has been wanting to breastfeed our newborn who is only a week old. The first couple days in the hospital, though the baby was latching on and doing something, it seemed that she would still fuss and go crazy after my wife thought she was done.
We then noticed that, besides a couple meconium poops, she was not having any bowel movements. The day we took her home was a wreck with feeding. It was obvious she was not getting any food now because she would latch onto my wife's breast for a long time, fall asleep and the minute we put her down she'd start fussin and making all the baby 'I'm hungry" motions.
Finally, my wife caved and said we should supplement a little formula until we got the feeding down. Like magic, after the first bottle, she was super content and even had a normal bowel movement not long later.
My wife still was having doubts about breastfeeding so we went to a specialist. She showed us how to tell if she was swallowing anything, took her weight before and after a feeding, gave us tips and told us to rent a hospital grade pump to help stimulate my wifes milk.
The first day with this machine it was really pumping well and we noticed the baby would latch on longer and swallow more. But here comes my question, its been three days and we noticed that our LO feeds between both breasts for almost an hour now..that includes her passing out, us stimulating her awake and getting her to keep going. We were giving here a small amount of forumla too, per the DR until we know shes getting enough, but we notice now that after the formula she spits it up a few minutes later. Is that because she's getting plenty of breastmilk now and her stomach is full? Also, the past day, it seems like the pump is getting nothing now out of my wife. Yet the baby still feeds for a long time and seems content and passes out on my wife. Is this because she is finally getting plenty of milk from her breasts? We did notice they are very soft now.
Sorry for the rambling..just wanted to know other experiences or get input from other experts on this.