Re: Snacking baby - help!
"Snacking" is a very normal eating pattern for a breastfed newborn. It gets a bad rap from people who base their ideas about infant feeding on the eating patterns of formula-fed babies. Formula digests slowly compared to breastmilk (slower, not better!) and it is easy to cram a baby all the way full using the bottle, whether the baby wants to be full or not. That all results in formula-fed babies typically eating larger amounts, less frequently, than their breastfed peers.
So what you're seeing is normal. But that doesn't mean you're doomed to experience it forever! As babies get older, they can go longer between feedings and often choose to do so as they become more interested in the world around them. They also become more efficient feeders, with many babies able to get a full meal in just a few minutes at the breast. So even if the baby continues to nurse very frequently, 5 minutes feedings every hour or two is a lot less taxing than 25 minute feedings every hour or two.
It sounds like the shield has been working well for you, but one problem with shields is that they can slow down milk transfer, leading to longer feedings. You might get more of a break between nursing sessions if you can manage to ditch the shield.
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