We have a 2F who has suddenly reduced how much her 2.5 week old buckling is allowed to nurse, in both frequency and time on the teat. Otherwise still an attentive and protective momma. I still see her letting him on but just briefly and not often. His weight gain dropped at the same time from 1/2 lb per day to 2 oz per day! So I scrapped our plans to start separating them at night to milk just so he'd have more opportunities to try, and have been able to force feedings by tying her into the stauncheon and letting him nurse. She really fights it at first but then allows.
Wondering how many times a day should I be planning on doing this to maintain a healthy weight gain?
Would it be better to milk her and try to train him to bottle feed? Meaning, is there a big benefit to one over the other?
Lastly, do I need to delay separating them & milking in the mornings or can I go for it?
This is our first time with a rejection like this so TIA for your experienced opinions