Re: Tips for increasing length of nursing session
Frequency is at least as important as duration, if not more so. It can be really hard to get a distractable older baby to stay on the breast for a long time, especially because many older babies get all their needs met in a very short time. A 5 minute nursing session may be all your baby needs in order to drain the breast.
Diaper output is your best friend in terms of evaluating milk intake- if she's wetting enough she's likely getting enough. Poop frequency doesn't tell you as much since there's such a wide range of normal at 11 months, but poop color is still somewhat informative. If her poops have a yellowish undertone then she's likely getting plenty of hindmilk. But if she's eating a lot of solids, and you're using disposables, you might not see that yellow undertone. (It's something I see with my 8 month old primarily when I wash out a poopy cloth dipe.)
Tips for increasing milk intake:
- Nurse in a quiet, low-stimulation environment
- Nurse before offering solids (breastmilk is more calorie-dense than most solids)
- Offer to nurse as often as possible
- Try using breast compressions
ETA: Even though your LO is on the small side, I'm not sure I'd be concerned. She's small but still on the charts, and it's very normal for breastfed babies to gain weight rapidly during their first 6 months and then gain much more slowly in their second 6 months. Once a baby becomes mobile, calories often go into reaching/rolling/crawling instead of being packed on as fat, so many babies slide down the charts as they become more active. As long as your baby continues to grow in height and head circumference and master developmental milestones at a normal pace, I wouldn't worry even if her weight doesn't increase much.
Last edited by @llli*mommal; December 30th, 2010 at 03:57 PM.
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