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


Win a Springfree Trampoline!

Click now for your chance to WIN a Springfree Trampoline (R54 Compact Round) plus Australia-wide delivery ? valued up to $1774!

Midwife's hand inside birth canal for 90 minutes saves baby's life

Baby Emelia's arrival into the world wasn't exactly smooth sailing.

Melbourne - get your FREE tickets!

Register now for your free ticket (valued at $20) for the Melbourne Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores.

It's really hard work, baby, but still worth it

You are over it and you want to know, is this all worth it?

Vitamin K injections: what you need to know

Why do babies need vitamin K after birth? Here's what you need to know.

Mum's emotional letter on last day of maternity leave

A heartfelt letter from a mum to her nine-week-old son has a struck a chord with working mothers everywhere.

What I learnt after having six miscarriages

Experiencing recurrent miscarriage is like entering an endless dark tunnel. Once you enter that tunnel it is a fight from start to finish

Recall issued for popular brand of baby biscuits

You will want to check your cupboard and give these the flick, after a recall was issued this week.


Top 5 Articles


From our network

See Pinky McKay live - for FREE

Pinky will be speaking daily at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show, Melbourne, 28-30 April. Free tickets now!


Last chance for free tickets

See Pinky McKay live - for FREE

Pinky will be speaking daily at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show, Melbourne, 28-30 April. Free tickets now!

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.