So if we are supposed to let the baby nurse till they are done with the breast before pulling them off and switching sides or deciding they are done with the feeding.......
What are we supposed to do if we have one of those babies who will seemingly effectively nurse in their sleep and would happily stay latched to the breast indefinitely.
More background on me and my baby can be found in the following thread
Anyway, he has always latched well but has always been sleepy at the breast, well most of the time (probably two feedings a day he will be wide awake, otherwise he usually seems to be basically asleep moments after latching though he will keep sucking and often protest when I try to unlatch him.) Early on I thought this was a sign of him not removing milk effectively but I have noticed that he does actually drain me and is getting milk even when he seems to be sleeping through it.
But my question is....... Because so many of the writings about it suggest it is best to let baby decide how long a feeding should last........ When Should I decide enough is enough. He will sometimes stay latched to me often for as long as I will sit still. I usually decide that 30-35 minutes per breast is long enough (especially when I'm needing to also pump to increase my milk supply and during certain times of day he will often request to be fed every 1.5 hours, sometimes even more often.
FYI my milk supply is increasing, I'm making progress. When I do supplement, I'm using the Medela SNS (and he will sometimes take forever to nurse even with that, other times he will drain that so I have to slip the tube out before he sucks in air and then continue nursing on me indefinitely if I don't call an end to it.
Is it that he is just a big hungry boy?