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    Default Time per breast?

    My LO is 5 days old. He is nursing approximately every 3 hours. He is having adequate wet and poopy diapers.

    But he only breastfeeds about 5 minutes per side. I cannot get him to nurse any longer than about 10 minutes total. He sometimes falls asleep and refuses to wake up but sometimes he is wide awake and is just done eating.

    Is this normal? Do some babies drink faster?

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    Default Re: Time per breast?

    Relax! All babys are different and maybe your little one is just super efficient!

    One thing I have learnt from my pregnancy and LO is not to worry when some thing seems too easy. Take it and be thankful.

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    My LO pulls 2 oz in 10 minutes, don't worry it's good
    Luna Justine: born January 20 th 6 am on the dot
    I did it! Now without the nipple shield 100% of the time Since 2/12

    We are now self-latching! .

    ing about . expecting to start in 2 weeks.

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    Default Re: Time per breast?

    I asked the same thing My LO averages between 5 and 10 minutes and be has gained 3 lbs since he was born 5 weeks ago!

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    Default Re: Time per breast?

    enjoy it
    mine nurses for hours straight still some days.
    Jenna, momma to Lillian (1/1/11)
    Cosleeping, cloth diapering
    milk donated to date: 3182 ounces

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    Default Re: Time per breast?

    Try not to watch the clock mama, just watch your baby! If he seems happy/content after a feeding and is having plenty of wet/poopy diapers, don't worry about "how long" he's feeding on each breast. That is old advice that is still given out that babies need to nurse for a certain length of time on each breast.
    IRL all my friends call me Buff, Wife to CB since 10/11/2003

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    My journey nursing MJ started HERE, but we got through it and she breastfed 19.5 months, self-weaned on 5/17/09


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    Default Re: Time per breast?

    My little guy used to eat every 3 hours, too. Even then there were (still are) MANY times when he doesn't seem to WANT to eat a wet washcloth to the bottom of his feet may help keep him awake

    My LO tends to eat about 15 min on each side every 2 or 3 hours.
    I'm Rebecca; the local fish out of water in small town Alabama
    DS Duglen born Jan 2011 & breastfed for 16 months - never tasted formula
    DD Debra born Dec 2012; my NATURAL girl & boob lover

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