Quoting ambrahh:" O.K. ;) That makes sense...if they fall asleep obviously there's a bit of satisfaction there until they ... [snip!] ... slow down more so than if you were having the baby latch? And most babies will unlatch when you should attempt the other boob?"
Yes babies will yank themselves off your boob when they're done, even in the beginning most of the time. Sometimes they will fall asleep though while eating and end up using your boob as a pacifier. That's not such a big issue as they get older and get a little more focused and little less patient.
I don't understand the pumping question. If you pump before you feed the baby, it will tell your body to make more milk. Eventually it wouldn't matter if you pump before you feed or not because your body would just automatically make that much milk. I wouldn't suggest pumping before a boob feeding though. If you're going to pump, you want to do it after a feeding. That way the baby gets everything they want and they won't get frustrated. I pumped for my first baby for the first month or 2 because I was worried that I wouldn't make enough milk. What happened is i ended up with so much stored milk that I had to fill up my mom's freezer too. My dad was really grossed out by that btw. lol I didn't even end up using half of the stored stuff. A few months into it, i realized defrosting the bags, getting the bottle ready...etc...etc.. was much more of a pain than just using the equipment i was born with.
what does happen around the 3 month mark is that your body starts adjusting to exactly what the baby needs. That's normally when your supply drops a little. It means you'll wake up with less painful boobs,etc. Until that happens, most moms make a little more than they need to.
It will be very obvious when they're drinking. You'll be able to hear the slurping and see the milk leak out of their mouths. You'll be able to feel the let down. It's like a itchy/creepy crawly/boob crampy feeling and you'll normally feel it in the boob that isn't feeding the baby. Then you'll hear the baby trying to keep up with a massive flood of milk. That's when most newborns have the most issue breastfeeding. If the baby is having issues, you just take the baby off your boob for a second and wait for your boob to calm down and stop hosing everyone.
You need to think of the first couple of days of breastfeeding as practice. They're only getting a tiny bit of colostrum, so they might act frustrated or not real interested. Once your milk comes in though, it is so much easier. My milk has come in as early as a few hours after delivery and as long as 3 days.