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My 6 day old is a feeding time sleeper, as soon as he latches on he decides to nap..... no problem wake him up and he's back right where he left off. He never stops sucking, even after 45 mins. everything I read says let the baby be your guide as to how long a feeding should last, but I need to know a number. How long is there a substantial flow if the baby was feeding solidly at an average pace? i know its different for everyone, but a ball park figure would be great. My nipples thank you. Ive been feeding for 20 minutes then switching to the other side, I'm so sore and cracked, I can't take it anymore!!!
Answer by momofaprodigy at 3:38 PM on Jan. 29, 2009
Answer by MamaChamp at 2:49 PM on Jan. 29, 2009
Answer by Mommy2B04 at 2:51 PM on Jan. 29, 2009
I use to do 20 min per side unless DS dictated otherwise. Here is a great article about waking sleepy baby (as you know very normal behavior). If your nipples are cracking don't forget to let them air dry with breastmilk on the nipples, don't wash them and use lanolin cream. http://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/html/waking_a_sleepy_baby.shtml
Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 PM on Jan. 29, 2009
Answer by MamaChamp at 3:00 PM on Jan. 29, 2009
Answer by heatherama at 3:04 PM on Jan. 29, 2009
15 minutes, per breast, every 2-4 hours. My lactation consultant says not to allow them more than 20 minutes per breast. Your breasts are never completely empty but chances are that if you go past 20 minutes on one breast, the baby isn't really eating any more, they're just using you as a pacifier. Baby's love to suck and feeding times can really stimulate their desire to keep sucking even after they're done eating. My son can do the same thing sometimes. I wait about 15 minutes on the second breast, wait for his sucks to get weaker, break his suction with my finger, burp him and give him a pacifier. He usually goes to sleep after that.
Answer by NovemberLove at 3:53 PM on Jan. 29, 2009
Answer by scaredmommy08 at 4:11 PM on Jan. 29, 2009
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