(Closed) breastfeeding frequency?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2012

That is completly normal. I am a Boyfriend or Best Friend peer counselor here in Spokane,WA babies tend to eat alot in the beginning because Breast milk disgust fast because babies use all of it instead of formula which babies aren’t made to digust and it sits and rots in their stomachs. You are doing an excellent job mommy and it will slowly become less and less then before you know it your baby is grown.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

Don’t worry!  It’s get so much better!!!  I feed my 6.5 month old 4 or 5 times a day (and usually once at night because I got a bit unlucky in the sleep category) and she eats for about 7 or 8 minutes TOTAL on both sides! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My doctors and midwives told me that it should be between 90 mins to 3 hours between feeds as it takes 90 mins for babies to digest the breatmilk. If you are feeding so often make sure baby is getting that hind milk that is filling, offer both breasts if necessary only when the first one is empty!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

It gets better!  My son is one week shy of 6 months and he eats 6-7 times during the day and once during the night.  The duration per feeding is about 10-15 minutes.  At my son’s age a feeding can take awhile because they get so distracted looking around but if I nurse him in a quiet place without people talking or things happening, he gets back down to business.

Around week 6 is the hardest for many of us so hang in there, it totally gets better.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Zippy: i’m right with you! my son is 3 weeks old too and i nurse him every 2-3 hours, give or take. last week he had a growth spurt (i swear he gained a pound and a half in one week!) and wanted to nurse every hour and a half. but other than that, he usually gets hungry around 2.5-3 hours, sometimes 4 hours over night. i usually wake up 2-3 times each night to nurse him. i’m exhausted…but there’s nothing like looking at his sweet little content face when he’s nursing. it’ll get easier ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Our bug nurses every 1-3 hours. ITs gotten quicker (about 10-15 mins on each breast) but I also dont produce enough so she sucks me dry (literally lol) then we top it off with formula. So it depends on my supply at the time I guess.  Like  @harmonyeee: said, teh content look on their face while nursing is amazing =o)  And you all remember that before I had her, I wasnt going to BF!!!  never say never I guess lol

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@KellyV: Good for you on giving it a shot! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s definitely not easy
 

@Zippy: Baby Smush is 2 mos and goes about every 2.5-3.5 hours (except at night – cause he sleeps the whole night). He’s still having some issues nursing so sometimes he’ll do 6-8 minutes total and other times he’ll do 15-20. At three weeks I think he would do about 15 minutes total but would be every 2 hours.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

That is totally normal. When my son was that young I felt like he was attached to me all the time. Now, he is 6 months old and eating every 3 hours for about 10 minutes. 2 of his feedings are baby food though, and he nurses for a couple of minutes after that. He also sleeps through the night. I feel for you though, the first couple months are the hardest! Stick with it ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@camrie: thanks=o) as soon as she arrived I felt bad about my decision not to (my OWN guilt, not the hospitl or nurses or anyone else) and since then Ive been all gung-ho about it =o)

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Our little sprout took her good old time nursing too.  She still does sometimes but a lot of times they’re about 10 minutes long now (she’s almost 12 weeks).  She cluster feeds in the moring and the evening since she sleeps a big chunk at night.

I never paid attention much to what I eat but oatmeal really increases my supply and it might help to make the feedings shorter.

If it’s hot I notice my little girl eats a lot more/longer, guess since it’s her source of hydration too.

Around 2 weeks I had mastitis and in addition to antibiotics they say feed and pump like crazy.  So then my husband started giving her a bottle of expressed milk a day and it gave me some additional time to myself.

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