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Old 04-16-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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Feeding times

I have a 7 wk old little girl who nurses every 2hrs during the day and usually wakes only once at night (occasionally sttn). She's having a hard time gaining weight.
Is it true that you shouldnt nurse more than 30 minutes bc they start to burn more calories than they take in? Or should I still nurse until she unlatches?


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Old 04-16-2012, 11:31 AM   #2
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I have never heard to only nurse 30 min and have always nursed until DD and DS unlatched (unless in a hurry or late). I have been told however to make sure to nurse on both sides and switch after the first 15-20 min because they will be wearing themselves out trying to get more if they stay on one side.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:32 AM   #3
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Nurse as long as baby wants. My ODD nursed for 2 hours at a time at that age. I would never limit feeding time especially if weight gain is an issue. You might try waking during the night to feed to increase your supply and get an extra feeding in. Good luck!! These early days are hard.
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Old 04-16-2012, 12:18 PM   #4
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Re: Feeding times

I nurse until they unlatch. The nurses at the hospital thought I was nuts because I just let DS2 camp out on my chest the first two days of life. He would nurse for hours. At seven weeks he still was unable to take both breasts at one feeding so, I block fed which frequently meant 30 minutes feedings on one side and then switch breasts next feeding. Sometimes I had to pump the other side to relieve pressure. It ensures they get that good hind milk. If she's having weight issues I'd wake her. I would never tell anyone to wake a sleeping baby, but in your case you might want to. My supply would also plummet if I went all night. DS2 is 4 months and doesn't sleep that great.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:25 PM   #5
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Re: Feeding times

Since your LO is having problems with weight gain, you should be switching sides when she stops "actively" nursing on the first side. That means that she is no longer actively sucking and swallowing. That said, you should never limit time at the breast, ESPECIALLY when weight gain is a problem. Frequently babies will nurse for a few hours and then sleep better/longer stretches. Also, since weight gain is a problem, wake her at least once during the night to feed. Perhaps when you go to bed (so you won't have to wake to an alarm at night).
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