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

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#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.

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