How long does it take for a 3 months old to empty one breast?

Maya - posted on 07/05/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have been wondering how long it takes to empty one breast and also if one side can be favoured.

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Minnie - posted on 07/06/2009

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Quoting Marabeth:



Quoting Lisa:

It completely depends on your child and on the storage capacity of the breast.

My eight month old has been able to drain a breast in less than five minutes since birth.

Infants can certainly favor one breast over the other, typically because of positioning, or because of a latch problem.






ive often wondered why my 3 month old favors my left.. would you mind expanding on that?  im just really curious.  this may sound stupid but what do you mean by positioning?






Like if you hold baby at a slightly different angle on each breast and one makes it easier (or more difficult) for baby to nurse effectively.  With my first for some reason I held her at a different angle on the right side than the left side.  Throughout the entire duration of our breastfeeding relationship she preferred the left breast.  Each were drained because I made sure they were, but the left breast was more comfortable for her, and the one she liked to fall asleep nursing on.

Angel - posted on 07/06/2009

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What I am noticing with my 2month old, ( i know I am new!!) but, I am noticing that if she is down for a nap for like two hours, before she opens her eyes and realizes that she is awake I feed her, and if I do that then she only will eat for 10 minutes, not necessarily draining the breast but filling herself up enough for 1.5 hours of sleep then the milk is regulated throughout the day because instead of her draining a breast then that one or both having to refill all the way, it just has to refill what was used...IDK...it works for her!!!

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Lynlee - posted on 07/06/2009

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Our son took about 1-1.5 hours to nurse each feed with the most time on the first breast. He liked the right one better.

Angel - posted on 07/06/2009

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hello there, when I was in the hospital the lactation consultant came in and gave me some tips about the favoring or the breast, my daughter favors the right, and she said that the positions which are the cross cradle, the football, the laying down all of those and how much the baby can get out with out too much struggle, since my right breat is more full than the left she can get an ample amount in any position on the right, however on the left side i can only feed her in the football in order for her to receive alot of milk..hope this helps!!!

Marabeth - posted on 07/06/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

It completely depends on your child and on the storage capacity of the breast.

My eight month old has been able to drain a breast in less than five minutes since birth.

Infants can certainly favor one breast over the other, typically because of positioning, or because of a latch problem.



ive often wondered why my 3 month old favors my left.. would you mind expanding on that?  im just really curious.  this may sound stupid but what do you mean by positioning?

Elizabeth - posted on 07/06/2009

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My son at 3 months was a SLOW feeder, taking about 15-20 minutes per side, and eating on both sides every time. He did favor the left (and still does). Now at 9 months however, it takes him 5-10 minutes each, but he still does both sides.

Stephanie - posted on 07/06/2009

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It would take my son about 15 to 25 minutes to drain one breast. If you favour one side, try to express the other in the shower or pump it so that the milk production doesn't go down in that breast. If your 3 month old starts needing both breasts and the production is down in one, they may not get enough to eat. Also, be careful of mastitis, which can happen if your breasts are improperly emptied.

Billie Jo - posted on 07/06/2009

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I totally agree with everything that Lisa said. My 4 month old take anywhere from 10-25 minutes to drain one side.

Minnie - posted on 07/05/2009

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It completely depends on your child and on the storage capacity of the breast.



My eight month old has been able to drain a breast in less than five minutes since birth.



Infants can certainly favor one breast over the other, typically because of positioning, or because of a latch problem.

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