I read all of these posts about babies cluster feeding and wanting to nurse non stop and it makes me wonder: why doesn't my little guy do these things? He is EBF and will be 12 weeks on Monday. I was nursing him on a 2 1/2 to 3 hour schedule (long story short, he had a tongue tie that got fixed at 8 weeks and had been taking bottles with pumped milk until he was able to nurse properly). So we have been used to a schedule and I am trying to follow his cues and nurse him on demand. But I feel like he would go all day without nursing if I let him. There is never a point in the day that he will just want to nurse. When he is nursing, he is all over the place and pulling off and back on. There are times that he will only nurse for like a minute on each side. I've heard of snackers. But he will snack and then still go 3 hours (and only because I try not to let him go longer than that - I will nurse him after 3 hours unless he is asleep). I feel like he would seriously go all day without nursing if I let him! Is this normal? We worked so hard to finally be able to nurse. I am terrified of losing my supply because of his completely sporadic nursing and crazy pulling. Is it okay for him to only nurse for one minute and then not nurse again for 3 hours or so? Will this affect my supply? I really appreciate the help from this group! Nursing has not been easy this time around! And because of that, it's making me crazy worried about losing it.
on Aug. 10, 2012 at 8:41 PM