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How does breastfeeding work exactly??

Anonymous
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My grandma breastfed but my mom never did so I'm kinda stuck with questions that I'm curious as to what the answers are...

How long does a baby typically breastfeed for? 45 minutes? I ask this because my 5 year old has to be dropped off and picked up at a meeting spot every other Sunday... So the baby wouldn't be able to get some boob for an hour and a half at most, so I want to take time out before I go to breastfeed him so hopefully he holds off for daddy before I get enough pumped milk saved...

How often? Every two hours? Three? I know to feed him when he cues but once again for purposes of my oldest son with dropping off or picking up this will help me determine how to handle that schedule...

Can I feed off one boob while pumping the other? Or what would you suggest would be the best pumping/feeding way to go... I need to have a decent amount pumped because I go for surgery at 10 weeks post and I don't know how long I won't be able to breatfeed I can feed after surgery but not comfortably, my surgeon said it may take me 24 hours until I will want to breastfeed again...
Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 31, 2016 at 5:36 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 31, 2016 at 5:49 PM
I did 15 minutes per side. She nursed like every 30-45 minutes max. However, she had bad acid reflux and puked a lot so that may be why.

I produced a lot of milk so bf and pumping was never an issue.

Bump!
mojogirl
by Ouiser Boudreaux on Jan. 31, 2016 at 5:51 PM
Call the hospital and ask to speak with the lactation specialist.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 31, 2016 at 5:51 PM
Thanks!
For some reason I'm more nervous about breastfeeding then everything else lol.

Quoting Anonymous 2: I did 15 minutes per side. She nursed like every 30-45 minutes max. However, she had bad acid reflux and puked a lot so that may be why.

I produced a lot of milk so bf and pumping was never an issue.

Bump!
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 31, 2016 at 5:53 PM
I'm in the middle between switching hospitals I'm delivering at, but my new one has a laceration consultant come to your room if your a breastfeeding mom and comes to your house the first 6 weeks.

I will call them to talk to one though :)

Quoting mojogirl: Call the hospital and ask to speak with the lactation specialist.
ejkdmom
by Gold Member on Jan. 31, 2016 at 5:53 PM

You should go to a lactation specialist.  She could probably answer your questions better.

The easiest way to nurse is on demand (IMO), depending on baby and age it could be 15 minutes or a few hours apart.  If you nurse before you get in the car, a baby will most likely be fine for a while.  As for pumping while nursing, I can't even imagine the logistics.   Perhaps nursing for the first 10 weeks and then switching to formula might work for you. I don't know what kind of surgery you are having, but at 10 weeks, there is a chance that the trauma of surgery and not nursing for a day or so could dry you up.  Again, talk to a professional.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 31, 2016 at 5:54 PM
I was too. Lol. It's natural to be scared/nervous. :)

Quoting Anonymous 1: Thanks!
For some reason I'm more nervous about breastfeeding then everything else lol.

Quoting Anonymous 2: I did 15 minutes per side. She nursed like every 30-45 minutes max. However, she had bad acid reflux and puked a lot so that may be why.

I produced a lot of milk so bf and pumping was never an issue.

Bump!
lizzie_ann
by Ruby Member on Jan. 31, 2016 at 5:54 PM
Every baby is different. Some babies take 45+ minutes and some don't. 10+ minutes was considered a long session with my daughter.

It's the same with frequency. Some babies eat more often than others.
jts2013
by Silver Member on Jan. 31, 2016 at 5:55 PM
My babies breastfed every 30 min. To an hour. You can take the baby with you and nurse in the car. I had nursing covers and i kept my babies with me 24/7 because i am the only one who could feed them. I have 4 and still breastfeeding my 8 month old.
Melbornj
by Ruby Member on Jan. 31, 2016 at 5:55 PM
45 minutes every 3 hours or so, sometimes more or less often. I was never successful at pumping so I will let someone else answer that.
TinkTink205
by Gold Member on Jan. 31, 2016 at 5:56 PM
It will take a few days for milk to come in. You will be feeding them colostrum at first to make the milk come in. Please don't be the mom who gives up because you're not making milk. For me it was 15 min. on each boob. Children have a boob they prefer so find that out before you pump. Some newborns feed around the clock at first.
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