Long feeding sesions

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CL
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Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 5:29 pm 
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Hi Girls Jack is 16 days old now and I am breast feeding I am just interested in the avarage feeding time your babies take. He has been feeding on and off for 3 1/2 hours now. I am really worried that he is not getting enough food and I am finding it so stresfull. Plus like some of you other mums it is really painful but i can see that he is on propery coz of facial signs and milk round his mouth. Please any advice welcome xx
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Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:36 pm 
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Babies have growth spurts when they will feed more regularly. He is getting enough, try not to worry. Does he feed like this every single day? xx
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Posted: Thu Jul 17, 2008 7:48 pm 
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Freya is all over the place with her feeding!! I will have one day where she will go every four hours and feed for 40 mins. But another day she will feed every hour or so for only 20 mins.
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Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 7:42 am 
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a friend of mine's little boy had a habit of 'power feeding' for almost 5 hours solid every evening - poor woman never got a social life for months love her!! She worried the same as you, and ended up expressing a lot so she could see how much she was producing. To be honest I don't think there's much point doing that, as long as Jack is healthy just stick with it - he'll soon sort out his routine Very Happy
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Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:31 am 
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At 16 days he will still be sorting his routine and just how much he needs. Around 21 days you may see a large increase in feeding, this is one of the growth spurts then again around 12wks also. Normally lasts for a good week before settling down again. Well done you for giving breast feeding a go!!! Things will begin to settle for you, promise.
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Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 8:15 pm 
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Poppy can take up to 2 hours on and off on a feed at times, but I know I'm producing loads of milk as when I express I can get loads in just a few minutes, I have a theory that she is getting so much so quickly that she can only cope with it for 5 minutes at a time, then needs a break before having some more. This then goes on for ages. It's a pain, but I'm trying to just go with her at the moment, I figure things will hopefully even out at some point soon. It's so tiring isn't it?
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Posted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:25 pm 
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I think it takes something like 3mnths? for them to become expert suckers if you know what I mean. You will see a dramatic decrease in feed times once their mouth muscles have become strong Very Happy thats gota be a good thing!!

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Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 7:36 am 
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thanks huntermac. 3 months seems a long time to wait, but i know it will probably fly by!

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Posted: Sat Jul 19, 2008 12:18 pm 
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Thanks for all your replies it does help put my mind at rest a bit.Petralou so far he hs done this every day and it dosnt look like it is gonna change.x
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Posted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 7:04 pm 
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Cl, I think wait a few weeks (as hard as it might be), and see if he settles down. He wont get into a routine for a couple of months, and so will feed erraticaly until then. I always made sure that I woke Kaitlin up if she slept for more than about 3 hours to try and regularise her feeds.
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