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  1. #1
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    Default Short Feeding Times?

    My daughter just turned 7 weeks yesterday and for the last two days hasn't really been feeding as long as she had been prior. Usually she'd feed between 15-30 minutes every 1-2 hours during the day and would have two 3 hours stretches at night.

    I have a very overactive letdown especially at night or first thing in the morning so I feed her on one side usually for 2-3 hours and then switch instead of feeding from both sides during a session.

    The last couple days it seems like she's been eating more like 5-10 minutes instead of 20-30. Just curious if I should be concerned or is it just a normal adjustment as she changes, going in and out of growth spurts. Today especially she didn't feed as much, she had 2-3 long naps (i.e. for 2 hours solid) instead of just 1 long nap.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Short Feeding Times?

    keep an eye on her diaper output. have their been any changes in the number or the look of her bms?
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    Default Re: Short Feeding Times?

    Congratulations on your little one. My little girl routinely eats for less than 15 minutes on both breasts. She usually drains the first in about 5-10 minutes, usually about 7, and then nurses on the other side for about 5 minutes or so. I have a scale and have done several pre-and post feed weights and know she is getting between 3 and 5 1/2 oz consistently. As long as your LO is continuing to gain weight and have adequate output then I wouldn't worry in the slightest. I too have an overactive letdown, at least on one side, and she just gets her milk quickly. I suspect your LO is just getting more efficient at milk transfer as she gets older which combined with a fast milk flow makes for shorter meal times.

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    Default Re: Short Feeding Times?

    She has tons of wet diapers, one every feeding pretty much so I don't think she's dehydrated. Maybe it was just a quick phase. Yesterday she was back to a little longer feeding (at least 10 minutes, usually 20) and only one nap which is more typical of her. I was mostly worried as the time of the feeding was short and she didn't seem to latch as strongly, it was a really loose, non-efficient latch.

    Thanks!

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