How Long Do Your Breastfed Babies Nurse

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Jenn2 - July 6

My little girl is 3 weeks old. She nurses for 20 min. total at each feeding. She is gaining weight like mad though. She was born 8 pounds 7 ounces, and two weeks later at the doctor she weighed 9 pounds 6 ounces. That is about a pound in two weeks, and the doctor said that was actually at the high side for one so young, but still OK. My question long do your babies nurse and on each side??


sahmof3 - July 6

For my second two I think it was about the same at 3 weeks old- 10 mins. on each side. (My first one took FOREVER and was never satisfied- GRRR). By the time they were about 2-3 months old they were down to about 5 mins./ side. Anyway, you must be doing GREAT, she's growing well!


sahmof3 - July 6

Uh, that was supposed to be "for my last two" not second two- I don't have twins:)


mommie2b - July 7

Mine nurses about an hour 30 mins on each side. For some odd reason my milk does not fill him up when I tried to nurse him for 20 min total he would still be hungry. He has gained a pound he is at 9 pounds4 oz now.


lindsay - July 7

lexi does about 7-10 minutes on one side and that's it!! but she's gaining like mad too, and doc says all is well!


Yodergoat - July 7

I usually only feed one side at a time (strong letdown), but now that my daughter is almost 4 months old she often feeds for less than 5 minutes during the day and slightly longer in the evening. At the age of your daughter, she would nurse for about 8-10 minutes or so from one side and (when I did switch sides) about 5 minutes on the other side. She gained well... she weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces at birth and was back up to birthweight plus 2 ounces at 6 days, then 12 pounds at 9 weeks. She is just under 4 months old and weighs just under 15 pounds! So although she usually doesn't nurse for long, she gains well. Now the only time she nurses for longer than 10 minutes is when she is sleepy or needs comfort, but I think she gets all the food she needs during the first 5 minutes... the rest is just "dessert." I sleep with her beside me, and can rest and even read in bed while she nurses at night, so I don't mind comfort nursing. Plus, those beautiful milky smiles when she is finished would make any length of time spent feeding her worthwhile!!! Just wait until your baby grins up at you with her eyes while nursing, and then smiles and coos afterward with milk running down her chin.... it's amazing.


starr - July 11

My babygirl is 3.5 wks and she usually nurses for abour 10-15 mins and then falls asleep.I try to wake her up so she can finish but it usually doesn't work so she may wake up a little while later still hungry.Lately she nurses more often and for longer maybe 20-25 mins.She was 7lbs 10oz and 20 birth.At her check up at 6 days old she had already gained about a lb and had grown 1 inch.Sounds like your baby is doing very well.Good Luck with her


Sophia - July 12

Knock on wood! Never take baby's eating/drinking well for granted....



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