Sorry in advance for this, but I have come up with a few questions, and I feel like a numpty for asking them Some background; I've been breastfeeding Harry since he was born, 9 weeks ago and we've been very lucky not to encounter any major problems with BFing, other than the tiniest of blisters ojn one boobs & a teeny little crack in the other at around 4weeks, both of which cleared up in a couple of days thanks to good old lansinoh. He has a good latch, appears to feed well on the whole & we've not had any issues like mastitus, thrush, bleeding nipples or mega-pain... yet, lol. I do however, have some observations I've noticed with our feeding, which is where these questions have come from. Harry's feeding pattern has changed significantly in the past week... Is it normal for a 2 month old to want to feed ALL day & refuse sleep, but then sleep through the entire night from 10/11pm ish to 6/7am ish? Is it normal for my bbs to feel really delated an 'unfull' now, compared to before when I they would only feel like that after a feed, then get bigger and harder between each feed etc? When defrosting EBM, how long can you leave it in the fridge once it's defrosted before it goes off? (He has 1 EBM bottle at about 8pm each night which his daddy gives him). I noticed I'm looking a bit lopsided atm, how can I stop this, or lessen it, at least? (LO always feeds off both bbs these days, and I always alternate which one I give first- is that right?) How much, on average, should a baby put on each week if they're BFed? If they dont put on that much (but are still gaining), and still have plenty of wet nappies, react well to pinch test, no sucken fontanelle, etc, are they just slow gainers, or should a mum start getting concerned? Occasionally (maybe once a day, sometimes less) Harry kinda clamps down on my nipple towards the end of a feed... He only ever does this on my left boob though. Why could he be doing this? It hurts like hell... I thought maybe it was because I was empty or something, but when he does come off, I can still pinch my areola (sp?) & milk comes out. For those of you who express: When the milk separates, how much 'cream' do you tend to have on top? If, for example, I express 3oz off one boob, I usually have aout 1/2 an ounce of the creamy hindmilk stuff that settles on top in the fridge- should I have more, or is that about right? Or is there no right & wrong, lol? I know it's normal for BFed babies to go quite a while sometimes without having a bowel movement, but if it appears to be hurting, or the baby is straining, could that be a sign of a problem? harry has only had 2 poos in 5 days & cries when he passes bottom wind (yet he brings up burps really well ) & seems to really strain when he did his last poo yesterday... Also, now that he's been sleeping through the night, should I wake him, or just let him get on with it? Would waking him & giving him a feed 1/2 way through the night lessen how much he wants to feed during the day? And finally, how does a mum/baby get thrush? I know the symptoms, but never wondered before about the actual causes of a yeast infection, lol. Is it just something that happens to some people, or is it something you catch? Are there things you can do to prevent it occurring? Is it something that some people are just more prone to getting than others & some people are lucky enough to never have it? (so far I fall into the lucky catagory... probably just jinxed us saying that, hehe) I sometimes leak quite a lot... Does this get better with time and as your supply settles, or should I just get used to it? I think there were more questions, but ah well, I cant remember them now. (Being a mum has turned my brain all squishy) Sorry for all the Qs. I meant to ask the BFing councellor at the cafe yesterday, but there were loadsa people there & I felt stupid for asking Qs like that, as everyone else is really experienced. (Harry is the youngest baby in the group- the next youngest is 17weeks, and the rest are all in the 6-9mth ages, so I feel kinda silly at times Thanks in advance for any of your replies!