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Thread: Nursing for only a short time FTM Help!

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    Default Nursing for only a short time FTM Help!

    My little guy is only 6 days old. After a hard fought battle, we finally got latching down - I have flat nipples. MY newest concern is that he is not nursing long enough. I let him go until I can't keep him awake or he won't latch back on. Most of the time it's about 8-10 minutes. Could he be getting enough milk in that time?
    FTM - 3-21-2012 - U.R.J born into water

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    Join Date
    May 2006

    Default Re: Nursing for only a short time FTM Help!

    If diaper output is normal (see http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supp...s/enough-milk/) then yes, he is getting enough even if his nursing sessions are short.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Default Re: Nursing for only a short time FTM Help!

    Frequency of nursing is what is most important in the early days. A minimum of 10-12 times per 24 hours-minimum! Duration can be important too but only a concern if baby is not gaining/pooping well even when nursing frequently. Remember weight gain should be measured from lowest known weight, not birth weight. It takes many babies up to 2 weeks, sometimes more, to regain up to birth weight.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2010

    Default Re: Nursing for only a short time FTM Help!

    Agree with pps. If diapers and weight are good don't worry about it. DD was nursing only one side for less than 5 min. at that age. I had tons of milk that let down really fast so she might take in a couple of ounces in just a few swallows.
    Married to my High School sweetheart 5-15-04

    SAHM to:
    born 6/1/10 tongue and lip ties nursed 13 months with sore nipples and mutually agreed it was time to quit!
    born all natural 1/27/12 nursed for 16 months and lost interest
    born all natural 11/4/14 nursing like a champ and growing like a weed!

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