but here are a few questions...
during the day they are spacing to every 3 hrs and four hours at night time is this okay? they are only 2 weeks old. they are gaining,lots of diapers, but just seem to like to sleep. when they wake up they feed great and if i try and feed them earlier they refuse.
i have one side that produces more than the other. the babies have figured this out and who ever has the turn with the lower producer gets mad. today i had that baby nurse off the over producer side too. but, im worried this may be a bad idea, as it will tell the over producer side to make even more and the under producing side to make less.
i may be worrying too much.
Have they regained birthweight yet? If they have, and you're seeing good weight gain, I would let them sleep, and feed them when they wake. I would be working harder to get more feeds in, if they're not gaining well, if they're not pooping several times a day, if they're jaundiced or not feeding well when awake. But if you're seeing lots of reassuring signs-- let them sleep, and enjoy it while it lasts. In my experience, around a month old, they tend to "wake up" a bit, and take some notice of the world, and stop sleeping so long.
Re: the sides
I used to switch mine back and forth each time. After about two weeks of that, I permanently assigned a twin to each side. That way they could each regulate their own supply, and it worked well for us-- we wound up keeping those same side-assignments for sixteen months.
As for uneven sides, I would try so hard to remember who ate where so that the next time I could make sure to switch them. After about 6 months, it seemed like everything had evened out and everyone was growing so well, that I stopped worrying about it.
As for the nursing/sleeping-- I'd take it as they give it. If you want to squeeze in a pumping session when they're streaching out a feeding, I'd do that.
: wife to James, MoM to R and D (Aug 2007) and E (Nov 2009) and Y (April 2012)
Congratulations on your sweet babies! I agree with PPs to let them sleep when they want to and to not wake them for feedings. They will become more alert for longer periods very soon. I never did the assigned breast thing for my babies, as they both stimulated them a bit differently and I didn't want to get lopsided. Plus I think it's good for them to have the "change of scenery" either side provides. Now at 32 months I still do have a breast that produces a bit more. It's the one that is most comfortable for me to nurse on when I'm on the laptop. Good luck!
thanks everyone!!!! i should have enjoyed that stage more b/c they now nurse NONSTOP. they are gaining well and good pees/poops.
i do have to say that sometimes i feel like they want to more milk than they are getting. it tends to be in the afternoon which i read is normal... did you all find that. i usually distract them for 15 minutes and then put them back on and they'll get another let down. i also started taking fenugreek and things seem better. just was wondering if you all found that too.
also -- was wondering if anyone was able to save up any milk wiht pumping? i do have to work some in january and so i started pumping right after a feed. i usually only get an ounce. with my daughter i could get more..... but it was only one baby. to be fair i havent been consistent. just wondreing if you all felt like they totally emptied you with their feeds. i figure its normal its two babies but just wondering.