Jump to content

How long does it take your LO to finish a feed?
DD almost 6 months.

  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 axiomae

Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:33 PM

Just wondering how long it takes your LO to finish a feed. DD is 6 months next week and I swear it takes her less than 5 minutes a side to finish her feed. She then pulls off, looks around, won't relatch or will only latch again for a few seconds. Sometimes it's only 1-2 minutes. Because I have supply issues I'm wondering if this is normal? I do top her up with formula a couple of times a day. Nappies aren't as wet as they could be but poos are good.

#2 lucky 2

Posted 29 November 2012 - 05:06 PM

Will she take more than one side? I'd try switching side to side (2 or more if she is agreeable, 3, 4, 5, 6, or whatever) and she is likely to ingest more milk this way.
If your baby was exclusively bfed and was having short feeds but thriving, I think this would be fine.
But, that's not your situation, ie supplementing, so maybe it isn't helpful for your supply for feeds to be so short.
Perhaps try the switch feeding and see if it helps.
All the best.

#3 mandala

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:47 PM

We also had supply issues, and 5 minutes sounded about right. I eventually just would feed DS while lying down in my bedroom, exposing both breasts so he could 'self-serve', and switch sides when the flow was too slow. It does have its downsides, such as when he manages to get a letdown and is then distracted, leaving me leaking everywhere.

It did help me as well, because I stopped focussing on how long he fed, and was it enough, and just let him do his thing until he was happy. We would easily switch 10-12 times in a feed. He also liked clambering over me and that kept him interested in feeding for longer. It was also great to have an opportunity to put my feet up original.gif

#4 Phoenix Blue

Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:56 PM

I noticed a big drop in feeding times around 5 months too. Especially during the day.  I did some switch feeding, and Los just went with it as DD still seemed satisfied. She'd also do longer feeds during the night/evening so I encouraged this to keep my supply up. We've always fed lying down in a dark room so that didn't change anything for us but others say try that to remove distractions.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users


Eight things to do as your due date nears

The home stretch of pregnancy can seem like an eternity. But there are some constructive ways that you can pass the time.

Lily Allen takes Twitter break after taunts about stillborn son

Singer Lilly Allen has announced that she is taking a break from Twitter after she was subjected to hateful trolling over the weekend about her stillborn son.

1756 questions a day: What's a mum to do?

There was a time when I thought that waterboarding was the most serious torture threat facing civilisation. Then my toddler started asking me questions.

Nick Cannon welcomes baby boy with a 'Golden' name

Rapper, actor and former America's Got Talent star, Nick Cannon, has welcomed a baby boy with actress, Brittany Bell. 

Mum takes aim at those who called breastfeeding photos 'gross'

Renowned Gold Coast fitness blogger Nadine Muller says she is "proud & confident to stand up to people's ignorance," as she hit back at an online troll who attempted to shame her by calling her breastfeeding photos "gross" and done just for attention.

The heroes who take the pain out of grocery shopping with kids

We've got two happy stories to tell you, and they both feature the most kind-hearted checkout operators you can imagine.

Adorable donut and avocado smash photo shoots

Getting babies messy with all kinds of food is something Lyndsey's PhotoCo excels at.

'Spend every waking moment with your children'

The heartbroken parents of a baby who died in a baby swing have spoken out to warn other parents about the dangers of leaving infants alone.

Three white balloons at gender reveal party will touch your heart

Little did this mum-to-be know that their friend had arranged something extra special for their gender reveal party.

A note on friendship and the loss of one of your 'tribe'

There are the friends you grow up with, the people who know you inside and out, who know your flaws, your secrets, your talents and your failures. Katie was one of my tribe.

Is this celebrity baby name for real?

Forget Apple. Forget North West. Forget Kal-El Cage even (son of Nic).

Watch this stubborn toddler school her dad on counting to five

Once a toddler makes up their mind about something, it's very hard to persuade them to change it. Just ask this dad!

Why I'm happy to be a terrible mother

 I am, by any measure, a terrible, awful, mother. Read any advice book, any glossy brochure in the doctor's waiting room, and they will tell you – I suck at being a mum.

'My baby saved my life by finding my breast cancer'

A 26-year-old mum has credited her baby boy with saving her life after his sudden refusal to breastfeed led to her being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The double dip gender reveal party

The most entertaining gender reveals are the ones with a twist and this one is no exception, with double the fun for guests.

Five reasons why I can't wait to be pregnant again

This time, I know it will be my last bump and I plan to enjoy every moment.


Top 5 Articles


From our network

Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores

3-5 March 2017, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Get your FREE ticket now. Save $20.

Your child's fine motor skills: what you should know

There is less of a focus on fine motor skills, but they're just as important as others. (SPONSORED)

5 ways music helps your toddler's development

There are at least five other compelling reasons to get musical around your toddler. (SPONSORED)


Free ticket offer

Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores

3-5 March 2017, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Get your FREE ticket now. Save $20.

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.