Hey all! LO is 4 weeks old. My breastfeeding (and postpartum) journey has been rough - lots of anxiety and depression that was pretty debilitating the first two weeks. Im finally trying to commit to a BF plan for a week to see if I can get anywhere. I would love advice on a plan I was given. The clinic is closed this weekend so I can't call in with my question.
I am supposed to try nursing him for 5 minutes a side, and then after that I am to pump for 10 minutes (both sides) and top him up as needed. Now she said feed on demand, but he has been sleeping quite a lot today! It's one thing if he wasn't getting topped up from a bottle... He would be demanding much more! But because we know he's getting a certain amount, I shouldn't force him to feed again until he's ready right? But then will I fall behind because I have to wait to pump after I nurse him... What if I don't get enough pumps in? If I pump in between feeds as well then I'm risking not having milk available to nurse him right or no? My supply is OK - he has had breast milk (mainly in bottles) only for at least a week - but definitely not able to build a freezer stash!
so many questions and not even sure they make sense!! Sorry!! Any input appreciated.