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    Default How can you tell when your LO is nursing for comfort or bc is hungry?

    I really dont know the difference. I've always had to use an SNS because i dont make enough milk so this whole nursing for comfort has me wondering. Do they still suckle? Sorry for the dumb question

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    Default Re: How can you tell when your LO is nursing for comfort or bc is hungry?

    I don't think it matters. Especially if you feel like you are underproducing. All suckling is stimulation. And the more you breasts get the better. You will produce some milk regardless. Because the comfort sucking always comes at the end of the feed. After letdown, when the milk is down to just a few streams.

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    Default Re: How can you tell when your LO is nursing for comfort or bc is hungry?

    It's not a dumb question at all

    Sometimes it helps to get perspective on natural bfing environments around the world:

    http://kathydettwyler.org/detfreq.html
    Comfort nursing:
    http://kathydettwyler.org/detsuck.html

    As long as LO is on the breast frequently, even as Dr Dettwyler mentions that may be every 14 minutes (!) then your milk production will ramp up. Good luck mama!
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    Default Re: How can you tell when your LO is nursing for comfort or bc is hungry?

    I dont know, I just let DD nurse whenever she wanted, for wahtever reason! FIgured if she needed the comfort then she can have it...also great for supply! DD is now 2 so sometimes I can put her off, but as a baby and until quite recently, she nursed as often as she liked!
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    Default Re: How can you tell when your LO is nursing for comfort or bc is hungry?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*djs.mom View Post
    I don't think it matters. Especially if you feel like you are underproducing. All suckling is stimulation. And the more you breasts get the better.
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    Comfort is as important as calories. No need to tell the difference.
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    Default Re: How can you tell when your LO is nursing for comfort or bc is hungry?

    I'd imagine it's a different situation when you are using the SNS, I assume the OP is wondering if there is a point during the feeding when she can remove the tube? There isn't a 'rule' you can really go by to know if they are comfort nursing or eating, but toward the end of a feeding if baby starts to suck more gently, like fluttery almost, or if the suckling becomes intermittent, stopping and starting, you could probably remove the SNS tube and let her keep suckling on just your breast. At that point she is probably comfort nursing and whatever amount of milk she is getting from just your breast is probably sufficient. And if you remove the tube and she gets upset and wants to eat more, you can put it back in.
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    Default Re: How can you tell when your LO is nursing for comfort or bc is hungry?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*norasmommy View Post
    I'd imagine it's a different situation when you are using the SNS, I assume the OP is wondering if there is a point during the feeding when she can remove the tube? There isn't a 'rule' you can really go by to know if they are comfort nursing or eating, but toward the end of a feeding if baby starts to suck more gently, like fluttery almost, or if the suckling becomes intermittent, stopping and starting, you could probably remove the SNS tube and let her keep suckling on just your breast. At that point she is probably comfort nursing and whatever amount of milk she is getting from just your breast is probably sufficient. And if you remove the tube and she gets upset and wants to eat more, you can put it back in.
    Good point and well thought out answer.
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    Default Re: How can you tell when your LO is nursing for comfort or bc is hungry?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*norasmommy View Post
    I'd imagine it's a different situation when you are using the SNS, I assume the OP is wondering if there is a point during the feeding when she can remove the tube? There isn't a 'rule' you can really go by to know if they are comfort nursing or eating, but toward the end of a feeding if baby starts to suck more gently, like fluttery almost, or if the suckling becomes intermittent, stopping and starting, you could probably remove the SNS tube and let her keep suckling on just your breast. At that point she is probably comfort nursing and whatever amount of milk she is getting from just your breast is probably sufficient. And if you remove the tube and she gets upset and wants to eat more, you can put it back in.
    Good point. It's just i always heard 'my baby likes to comfort nurse' from a friend so i didnt really know what that means since, like you said, using the SNS is primarily for being able to feed on that extra avialable milk. Thanks ladies for your answers!

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