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March 10th, 2013, 05:21 PM
Join Date: Aug 2012
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I am breast feeding and doing really well at it but I still have a few questions. How long do you let baby sleep before waking them up to feed? How long do you let them eat? When did you start pumping and giving breast milk through a bottle sometimes?
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March 10th, 2013, 07:38 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
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Talk with a lactation consultant if you get a chance or network with your local La Leche League!
Baby needs to breastfeed 8-12 times a day, I try to let my little one cluster feed during the day and then we can go 3 hour stretches at night if he wants to (but I wake him after that).
I let him eat up to 15 minutes per side to make sure he gets the calorie-rich hind milk at the end, but he's usually much faster and pops off after 8-10 minutes before switching sides.
I pumped a bit on day 5 due to engorgement and now try to pump once in the morning to have milk on hand if needed. Generally if baby doesn't need to be supplemented you can wait to introduce the bottle until 4 weeks, but introduce it before 8 weeks so that it will be accepted later.
Again, talk with a LC or LLL if you want professional advice

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March 10th, 2013, 07:50 PM
KtKuKi's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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I never woke DD to feed her. During the day I'd feed her every 3 hours or sooner if she wanted it. I started pumping right away bc I I had nipple issues on one side and dd wouldn't nurse from that side.

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March 10th, 2013, 11:51 PM
Amy B.'s Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I tend to feed on demand and however long it takes them to finish. I started pumping as soon as my milk came up and froze my milk. At about 3-4 weeks, we introduce a bottle of expressed milk. This is so avoid nipple confusion.

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March 11th, 2013, 02:51 AM
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ok thanks for the advice everyone.
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March 11th, 2013, 03:43 AM
Cassani's Avatar Wendy (aka Prego-Hulk)
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I follow the "never wake a sleeping baby" rule religiously. Hungry babies don't sleep.

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March 16th, 2013, 08:24 AM
RUNNER25's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I feed on demand. Sometimes she will cluster feed and then sleep for 2-4 hours. I normally don't wake her.

I let her nurse for as long as she wants. Unless I notice she's fallen asleep at the breast & I have things to do. I always let her nurse for at least 15 minutes.

I will not give her a bottle until after 6 weeks.

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