Christine - posted on 04/25/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )
My little girl is 4 weeks today. I had every intent of only breastfeeding, but she tested positive for strep, so we had to stay in the hospital for a couple of days so she could be on an IV. My dr said she needed to be really hydrated, so they said I had to supplement with formula. Now, she has a couple of bottles a day as it doesn't seem she is getting enough from me. She is on me ALL THE TIME. She will feed if I let her for a hour stretch easily. If I take her off, she wants right back on. I figured she'd stop feeding when she was hungry so I let her go until she stops, but the nurses at the hospital said I should only do 15-20 minutes on each side. Is she using me as a pacifier?? I try to pump to give my nips a break and not much comes out. I may get an ounce if I am lucky. I woke up this morning and my breasts were so full, I thought they'd pop and I still only got a couple of ounces during the pump before nothing would come out so I put her on the breast. When nothing comes out during the pumping and I pull the pump away and squeeze my nipple, milk comes out. I knew breastfeeding wasn't going to be easy, I fully expected it to be difficult. But, I want to make sure she is getting enough. Is it normal for her to want to stay on the breast for such a long stretch? Is it possible the pump and my nipples simply aren't compatible??