this is long winded and im sorry but i need help
This is my second baby but 1st baby that i have breastfed.
i had attachment issues in hospital which resulted in terribly sore blistered cracked nipples. So as a suggestion to give them a break i hand expressed colostrum and topped up with formula bottle. i was determined to come home so said that I would continue to do this when i came home from hospital yesterday.
Today my nipples are much better so i thought id try feeding on the breast again and was much more successful this time no pain only problem is as i came home from hospital not breastfeeding i have no clue on the details of what to do you know the particulars of breastfeeding so i have a few questions:
1. How long do i feed her for? (the last feed she was attached feeding for half an hour and then fell asleep so i just wrapped her and put her to bed will she of gotten enough colostrum/milk from this feed to be sustainable??)
2. Do i feed from one breast and alternate between feeds or offer both breasts at each feed? (i only fed of 1 breast for the half an hour)
3. Do i wake her to feed her? (this is another issue i am having she just sleeps for hours and wont wake on her own for feeds most of the time)
i know these seem like a lot of issues seeing she is only 3 days old but i want breastfeeding to work this time for us as it didnt last baby.