Re: My 5 week old is nursing less
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Babies definitely become more efficient at nursing, and by the time they are a few months old, many of them can get a full meal in just 5-10 minutes at the breast. Plenty of babies become efficient feeders way before that point, with some babies requiring just a few minutes even in the very early weeks. The best way to reassure yourself about the baby's milk intake is to watch his diaper output. If he's producing enough wet and poopy diapers, then he's getting enough to eat.
It's also important to watch your baby's nursing frequency. In the first 6 weeks, most babies require about 10-12 nursing sessions per day. These sessions may be evenly spaced throughout the day and night, or the baby may have several long stretches of sleep and concentrate some of those 10-12 nursing sessions into a few clusters. After 6 weeks, many babies continue to feed 10-12 times a day, or even more often, but many will settle into a pattern of nursing as seldom as 8 times a day- although they will increase their nursing frequency any time they need mom to produce more milk and during growth spurts. Your baby is a little young to sleep all the way through the night, so I would actually proactively wake him if he continues to give you such long stretches of sleep. Just for another week or so- or longer if you have concerns about his growth.
One thing to be aware of is that once a baby is consistently sleeping 6+ hours at night, there's a good chance that your fertility will return. If you're currently relying on breastfeeding for birth control, now is a good time to think about using an additional contraceptive measure, or to get used to the idea of a surprise baby! We love talking about birth control options, so if you are looking for a method that might be right for you, feel free to run it by the forum and crowd-source some opinions!
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