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February 12th, 2013, 01:41 PM
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I am reading conflicting information. I was looking through papers from when my daughter was newborn from the pediatricians office and it says "10-15 minutes on both breasts". And my La Leche League book says wait until baby is finished with one breast and then you can offer the second breast but it's not necessary.

By finished, do they mean.. the baby stops nursing on their own/or stops swallowing/sucking?
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February 12th, 2013, 02:27 PM
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Here is an article about the importance of finishing the first breast: LLLI | Finish the First Breast First


It just perplexes me because it goes against what I was told with my DD. I would literally watch the clock and at 15 minutes, switch her, even though she hadn't finished.. because I thought I had to get her on both!
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February 12th, 2013, 03:07 PM
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I was told the same thing, but quickly discovered that it was better to let her nurse in one side til she was done and then offer the other if she was still wanting more. Definitely agree with LLL on this one.
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February 12th, 2013, 03:45 PM
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I always nursed one side until she pulled off and then offered 2nd, she didn't always take though.
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February 12th, 2013, 09:38 PM
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So if baby empties one breast and refuses the 2nd .. then you just make sure to offer that side on the next feeding, right?
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February 12th, 2013, 10:01 PM
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February 13th, 2013, 04:59 AM
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I always fed one side per feeding, this is what the LC and the MWs told me to get more hind milk. It was not until DD was older (2?) that she took both sides.
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February 13th, 2013, 06:12 AM
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Both of my girls only took one breast at feedings. I just make sure to alter which side each feeding.
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February 19th, 2013, 02:38 PM
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Like the ladies said, one breast is enough. Forget about the clock, look at your baby.
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February 20th, 2013, 01:19 PM
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We almost always just did one side per feeding.
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February 21st, 2013, 09:07 AM
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I only do one side, then he plays for maybe an hour or so then I give the other side then he takes a nap. He for SURE doesn't eat for 15 minutes either. In fact when I went to the hospital after he was born for the LC meeting she commented on how amazed she was at how efficient he was at eating even being 2 days old. He knows, being #7, he has to eat fast or he might starve lol totally kidding of course.
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February 26th, 2013, 11:17 AM
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Both my babies were one sided nurses!
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February 28th, 2013, 05:11 PM
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I only nurse on one side per feeding as well - It's just easier that way. Nursing on both sides is a pain, esp in the night.
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February 28th, 2013, 05:42 PM
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I've almost always only nursed on one side at a feeding, unless a growthspurt was taking place or something, but I just let my babies nurse on one side until they were done.
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