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    Question Drop In Nursing Duration

    We've now started 2 solid meals a day, lunch and dinner. LO will be 8m next week. Today is day 4 and her nursing has dropped significantly. She is still nursing when offered, but for a very short time. Typically she nurses for a minimum of 20 minutes. Today she's only nursed for 5 - 7 minutes at a time.

    Should I be concerned?

    I should note that her morning nursing session was the normal 30 minutes before she drifted off to sleep.
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    Default Re: Drop In Nursing Duration

    I don't think there's any reason to be concerned as long as her diapers are still getting wet. Most babies are very efficient nursers at 8 months old, and your LO is probably getting all she needs in those few minutes at the breast. She's probably just realizing that less time at the breast = more time to play.

    If you feel like solids are putting a dent in your baby's breastmilk intake, don't be afraid to throttle back on them- at < 1 year, solids are still just for play and new tastes and textures.
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    Default Re: Drop In Nursing Duration

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    I don't think there's any reason to be concerned as long as her diapers are still getting wet. Most babies are very efficient nursers at 8 months old, and your LO is probably getting all she needs in those few minutes at the breast. She's probably just realizing that less time at the breast = more time to play.

    If you feel like solids are putting a dent in your baby's breastmilk intake, don't be afraid to throttle back on them- at < 1 year, solids are still just for play and new tastes and textures.
    Thanks!

    I know they're supposed to get more efficient but LO has always stayed at least 20 minutes on. There were times I wished she would shorten it up, but now that she did, it concerned me! I guess you can't have it each way.

    She nursed for 25 min to go to bed tonight. So I'll chalk it up to my baby growing up.
    Mommy to our DD1 early bird (34 weeks, 2 days, 7lbs, 14oz)! Oct. 2nd, 2008 Emergency C-Section, Frank Breech, HEALTHY Girl!
    Weaned @ 17 months
    Our DD2 early bird (37 weeks, 3 days, 7lbs, 12oz) Aug. 10th, 2010 Our Successful VBAC, growing like a bad weed!
    Weaned @ 15 months
    Our DD3 early bird (37 weeks, 3 days, 7lbs, 6oz) Feb. 16th, 2012 Our 2nd VBAC and lightening speedy birth!

    Loving being a Mom of 3, 40 months apart!!
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