Mia - posted on 06/10/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )
I've just started co-sleeping with my newborn as I'm having more success breastfeeding her (she's just 3 weeks old) than i had with my first born and find it easier to breastfeed while in bed. However i don't think its going as well as it could be, so have some questions...hoping i can get some advice on how to make it work better.
Is it ok to have bubs fall asleep at breast after a night feed without burping her? (i.e to keep her sleeping)
Should i unlatch bubs if she fell asleep on breast or just leave her to eventually detach herself?
Is it a good idea to feed from one breast only at a time during the night feeds?
I'm a bit concerned with baby's nose squashed against my breast to feed, and i try to hold my breast away from nose to let her breathe. Is this unnecessary or is it coz im not positioning her right, or my boobs are too big?
I find it hard to fall asleep with baby in the side-lying breastfeeding position. My arm goes dead and i cant get comfortable coz i cant move, otherwise baby will wake. Any suggestions?
Sometimes she does a long sleep - about 4 hours straight - and i find that my breasts get engorged and i get all sweaty as i usually feed her 2-3hourly during the day. Will this go away with time or should i wake her up to feed more regularly during night?
I find that my breasts can leak at random during the day and night. Is this because its still the early days or is this just what happens with breastfeeding in general? If its something that goes hand in hand with breastfeeding, how do you cope with it? (Yes i know there are breast pads but i find these annoying - they can look funny through my shirt and they get unstuck when i bring down my bra cup to nurse) I'm hoping there are other ways to deal with it? Or could it be that i don't empty them properly at feeds? Or is it because sometimes i feed too often (at times i feed her every 1.5 hours if she is real unsettled) and i have too much milk?
gosh, it just all seems so hard, really need some encouragement to keep me going.