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    Default 2 week old...looking for reassurance

    Hello

    My LO is 2 weeks old and I have been BFing since birth. He latches on well but sometimes feeds up to 14 times a day, sometimes for 20 mins, but others only 5 or 10 mins.

    Im worried he's not satisfied if he wants to feed so often, sometimes only an hour has past before the last feed.

    I would like to continue BFing, but the last couple of days I have come close to switching to formula, just because im worried about the amount of milk he is getting.

    On average he has about 7 wet nappies and 5 dirty nappies a day...

    Does this sounds normal??

    Thankyou

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    Default Re: 2 week old...looking for reassurance

    Totally normal. You do NOT need formula. And if you use formula, you probably will end up with low supply. He might be hitting a growth spurt a bit early. Or he's a boy....all four of mine wanted to eat far more often than "average." even the bottlefed one.
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    yes, that is totally normal for a 2 week-old. my son is 6mos, and still likes to eat every 1-2 hrs. doesn't sound as though you need to worry about supplementing with formula for any reason.
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    Totally normal. As long as the output is adequate and he is comforatble, then don't worry about it and just relax and enjoy your bundle of joy!
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    Completely normal. I know there are people out there who claim that babies "should" eat only every X number of hours- but those tend to be the same people who never successfully breastfed a baby.
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    As everyone else says, this type of frequent feeding is not only normal-it is typically even needed-especially in these early weeks. It sounds like you and baby are doing excellent!

    This is a nice article about what is normal in the early weeks. http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/newborn-nursing/ and this is one about frequent nursing http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/frequent-nursing/

    In some parts of the world where bottle feeding never became the norm, (bottles started everyone counting and timing feedings) moms nurse their babies 20 times a day and don't give it a thought. Frequent, typically smaller feedings are considered so much healthier than the typical infrequent large feedings of bottle fed babies, the trend now is to suggest cue feeding for bottle fed babies as well as breastfed babies.

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    Default Re: 2 week old...looking for reassurance

    Thankyou for your replies...im just a worrier!!

    Also sometimes by boobs feel full and i can tell the difference once LO has fed, and then other times my boobs feel soft and "normal" like theres no milk i there....if that makes sense

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    That's also normal. A lot of moms think that they need to feel "full" or engorged all the time in order to be making sufficient milk, but that's not the case. Once supply and demand are well matched, it's common to never feel full unless the bay skips several feedings in a row.
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    Thankyou
    Im still new to all this xx

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