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Hi everyone! My little guy is just over 5 weeks and doing well with breastfeeding. (He weighs 11 lbs. 5 oz so we know he's eating well.) In the last week or so I've noticed that he doesn't seem to eat for as long. At the hospital, the lactation consultant said I should try to feed him about 20 minutes before switching breasts to make sure he gets the hind milk. Lately, he's only wanting to stay on the first breast for 10 minutes or so. But if I switch to the other, he he'll eat for another 10 minutes. Could it just be that he's eating faster or does he not want to work as hard at the end? Should I let him decide when he's done on one side or keep trying to stay on the original breast?
I found that Abbi doesn't take as long now either. She is 14 weeks and aroud 8-10 weeks , she started only taking 10-15 min to eat( became stronger??) . And she only wanted 1 breast at a feeding but feeding every 2-3 hours. I am no lactation consultant but I think as long as they are growing and satisfied whatever works ,works!!
I agree. It seems to me that Ryan is just an efficient nurser. There are ways to tell that he is not getting enough hind milk, stools are usually green, and he wouldn't be gaining weight as well as he is.
All kids are different. My first daughter nursed for 30 min. on each breast her entire first year (thank God she was the only kid I needed to take care of at the time, lol). Corbin on the other hand has NEVER spend more than 5 minutes on each breast. AT first I though he was going ot have trouble gaining weight, but he's the biggest chunker I've ever met (22 lb. at 9 months old now). Just listen to your baby, he'll help you figure out what's best.
As babies get older they get better at getting the milk out faster, it sounds like this is what is happening. As long as the baby is not showing signs of being hungry after eating on both sides then don't worry.
Yes you should let the baby decide when he's finished on each side.