Re: Frequency & Duration Questions
You can expect things to change all the time, but there's no way to predict exactly how things are going to change. Your child may continue to decrease her feeding intensity, or she may increase it.
1) Does the frequency and duration change each month? What should I expect from here on out?
When you introduce solid foods (probably around 6 months), your baby may start dropping feedings. Therefore you should be careful to always offer the breast before offering solids, to make sure the baby fills up on breastmilk. Since breastmilk is the healthiest and most balanced food a baby ever eats, you want her to maximize her intake of it.
Yes, as long as diaper output remains normal.
2) Is 5 mins per breast an acceptable feeding duration?
Probably a bit. But don't think of it as a "drop"- think of it as an adjustment, instead. Your supply will adjust to meet your baby's needs. If she needs it to increase again, she'll nurse more and it will adjust upwards. Supply is very flexible as long as demand is unrestricted.
3) Is my milk supply going to drop due to the decrease in frequency of feedings?
Your overnight supply will probably decrease significantly after a while. However, your body has a very sensitive internal clock. This allows your baby to train your body to make the right amount of milk for the time of day, simply by nursing on demand.
4) How does longer sleep durations (6 + hours at night) effect milk supply?
As the PP said, going a 6 hour stretch at night without nursing significantly increases the chances that your fertility will return, if it hasn't already. So if you've been relying on breastfeeding for birth control, now is the time to choose and start using a back-up method!
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