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Breastfeeding question

How long on each side with a nb so they wont fall asleep half way through?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:05 PM on May. 19, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • i switched about every 5 minutes. if she was still hungry after that i'd keep her on the one she was on.

    Answer by jennifer588 at 6:07 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • Actually, DON'T switch...gets more hindmilk in them. Switching can lead to a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance and digestive problems.

    No timing..put away your clocks. **smile** Strip baby down to the dipe to wake her.

    Answer by gdiamante at 6:10 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • At least 10 min on the first side. If the baby is falling asleep unwrap the baby and have as much skin to skin contact as possible. If you are still at the hospital you might put the sheet or blanket over the baby, at home you may be able to not have any blanket at all. Swaddled and warm babies fall asleep more.


    Answer by Gailll at 6:11 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • I agree with the not switching if your milk is in. This is a nb so I was assuming mature milk wasn't in. If your milk is in then you don't want to switch until the baby has had a long time on the first breast. It's called finish the first breast first. The next feeding start with the other breast. is a great breastfeeding web site.


    Answer by Gailll at 6:14 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • Like the pp's said, if your milk is in don't worry about switching until she is ready. She doesn't absolutely have to take both breasts every time, if she falls asleep let her continue nursing until you're empty on that side then try to switch her. If you need to wake her to do that, a diaper change will usually do the trick.

    Answer by rhianna1708 at 6:50 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • If your milk is in it is the common recommendation that you DON"T switch sides. The way I did it was they nursed until they fell asleep on that side and then got their diaper changed (wake them up) and were on the other side until the fell asleep again. They often only nursed for a very short while on the second side. Then the next time we started on the side they ended on. I used to switch a hair tie from wrist to wrist so I knew which side to start on. You need to not switch so they get the fattier hindmilk and not all foremilk.

    Answer by aeneva at 6:57 PM on May. 19, 2010

  • Don't switch!!! gdiamante is right, they need that hind milk! Sometimes they fall asleep, so you can rub their feet, tickle their cheek, remove their blanket, change positions, anything to keep her awake. It's just so soothing for them that they can't help but fall asleep! is a great site for breastfeeding questions.

    Answer by musicpisces at 2:21 PM on May. 20, 2010

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