7 week old feeding 19+ times/day and sleeping very little in Breastfeeding

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My daughter is 7 weeks, 5 days old. She averages between 3 and 5 poopie diapers a day and between 5-6 wet diapers per day. She was born at 5 lbs. 14 oz. and lost 7% of her weight before leaving the hospital at 5 lbs. 7 oz. It took her 3.5 weeks to get back to her birth weight, 4.5 weeks to get to 6 pounds, and at her 6 week appointment, she weighted 7.05 oz. I am not sure of her current weight, but I can tell that she continues to gain. In the hospital, my daughter was very jaundiced and the hospital made me supplement with formula for 2.5 days and I have EBF since then.

I am hoping to get some advice on spacing out her feedings a little more to get closer to the 8-12 average (I'd be happy to get to 12). My daughter has always fed extremely frequently day and night regardless of if she is in a growth spurt or not. She feeds as frequently as every 30 minutes to hour. This week, she has averaged 19 times per day. In previous weeks, it was as much as 22-24 times a day. I feel like I don't have time to produce milk, let alone eat right or take care of myself, with this schedule. Her feedings last anywhere from 6-10 minutes on one breast (in the middle of the night) to 25 minutes-2 hours at a time during the daytime/early evening. Sometimes she goes back and forth and acts frustrated. I have been doing breast compressions, offering both breasts, and waiting for her to end the feeds either by pulling off or falling asleep. It seems as if my daughter sucks vigorously toward the beginning of a feed and then she does a whole lot of pacifying. I am hoping that someone can give me some advice on getting the feedings to be more satisfying for her and to be able to space them out to every two hours and possibly help her sleep (see below) better. I am not sure if the two problems are related.

Also, she is only sleeping 8-9 hours in a 24 hour period, which I believe is quite a bit lower than the average for her age. I've tried putting her in a sling but she wants to nurse when I do that and I haven't gotten the hang of the sling without nursing yet and am not comfortable BF in it yet. She sleeps in the arms reach co-sleeper right next to me. I typically nurse her to sleep, keep her upright for 30 minutes, and then transfer her to the cosleeper. She typically moves around a little after the transfer and then settles for a short time before waking up to eat again.

I would really appreciate any advice that anyone can give! Thank you so much in advance!

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Aug 3, 2016 12:01 PM

Many thanks for your question and very detailed account of baby's feeding difficulties. I strongly suspect either a tongue tie or low milk supply.

Given that you have been able to give an excellent account and history of your breastfeeding, the next step would be to consult with a lactation consultant or other breastfeeding specialist who is familiar with tongue tie issues, and in the first instance could undertake a thorough oral examination and assessment of baby's tongue mobilities.
Hope this helps,