So breastfeeding has been going pretty well for us, DS latch is great and he is gaining weight like a champ (birth weight was 8lb 11 oz now 10lb 9oz) He is currently 4 weeks old. The lactation consultant at the hospital initially recommended feeding on one side then when DS unlatches burping and switching to the other side. We did that for the first week or two but then noticed DS was gaining weight rapidly, gulping while feeding, feeding very frequently like every hour, and not sleeping very well. The lactation consultant said those were signs of over active letdown, that DS was probably not getting the hind milk, and to start feeding on one side only every time you feed in a 3 hour period then switching sides. We have been doing that, but I feel like now DS is gaining weight less quickly (although still gaining), my breasts are leaking way less, and I am nervous about my supply going down. DS has been feeding 8-10 minutes on one side and usually 5-10 after being burped and put back on either from the same breast or the other side.
So my question is how long do your LOs feed on each side? Do you feed from both breasts at every feeding or switch off? Is 10 minutes on the breast long enough to get a sufficient amt of hind milk? I know as they get older babies become more efficient at feeding, but does that happen as early as 4 wks?
DS has been waking every 2 hours all night the last few nights (had been doing 4 hours) so I am guessing he has started his 4 week growth spurt and want to make sure he gets plenty. TIA for the advice!