Re: Frequency & Duration Questions
Sounds like she's doing great!
Originally Posted by @llli*snf777
It changes constantly. And about all you can expect is that you won't know what to expect. It varies so much for different moms and babies that there's no way to tell what you "should" be doing. My SIL's baby was nursing 4 times a day at 6 months, while mine was still nursing 10 times a day at a year. If you nurse whenever she wants to nurse and for as long as she wants to nurse, it'll be the right amount. Although she may get to a point where she's so busy and interested in the world that she forgets she needs to eat. A dark, quiet room can help with that. The important thing is to offer frequently.
Here are my questions:
1) Does the frequency and duration change each month? What should I expect from here on out?
Yes. Some babies that age still need more time at the breast, while others will nurse 5 minutes on ONE side per feeding. They can get amazingly efficient. Again, let your baby lead the way and she'll get what she needs.
2) Is 5 mins per breast an acceptable feeding duration?
Not really. Your baby is more efficient at nursing than she used to be and can get more milk in a shorter amount of time. Your breasts produce milk during feedings and will produce as much as she needs at that time.
3) Is my milk supply going to drop due to the decrease in frequency of feedings?
Your supply regulates to how much and when your baby is nursing. When your baby first starts sleeping through the night, it can be really uncomfortable! But it doesn't stay that way. After a while your body gets to know when your baby is likely to want to nurse. It's pretty amazing actually.
4) How does longer sleep durations (6 + hours at night) effect milk supply?
Again, it sounds like things are going really well. Keep doing what you're doing!
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