A friend of mine wrote this for me but I'm kinda confused. Can you help explain?
My response was:
|Here is what you need to do.
Nurse the baby AT LEAST every 2 hours (day and night). If he wants to nurse more then let him, but it needs to be at least every 2 hours.
Next you let him nurse until he pulls of. I mean the kind of pull of where they and they don't want it anymore. Some babies in the beginning have a hard time staying latched so if they pull of after a few minutes then you need to put them back on. At this age it should take 20ish minutes a side.
After you nurse one side. Burp him, change him, get him good awake and offer the other side. Once they are finished with that side then pump for 10 minutes. Repeat the process in 2 hours (from the time you started NOT the time you finished).
You HAVE to do this day and night! Its extremely important to nurse at night during the first 6-8 weeks b/c it helps establish your supply. Not nursing at night will likely cause your supply to drop.
|So essentially, nurse for 40mins or so, pump for 10 mins per side, then wait an hour and start all over? How long is the schedule like that? He is 1 month old now and 8lbs if that matters. I don't mean to sound critical. I have read similar things so I know you are right but I am seriously confused... How do you have time to do anything with a schedule like that? Do you just not pump while out grocery shopping or something? When do you find time for cleaning and laundry? I could take a shower during one of those hours I am not feeding or pumping but I def. can't cook, clean, or shop within an hour's time. Do mom's just sit at home and not do those things for the first couple of months? That just doesn't seem plausible. I REALLY want to breastfeed exclusively and if this is the way then I'll make it work but I'm really confused on the logistics of the schedule.|