how do i tell when my son has fully drained a breast?

Holly - posted on 03/04/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am having trouble tell when my son has fully drained a breast.

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Ashley - posted on 03/04/2009

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he will never fully drain it, but a couple things to lok for when he may be done or ready to switch sides are - his sucking and swallowing has slowed down, so he his sucking more then swallowing, your breast should feel softer, if he pulls away you shoudln't have milk streaming out , it may be a very slow drip though, and it will be a thicker darker color kind of liek cream, which is diff from the beginning of the feeding when it is much more watery, if you concerned that he isn't eating enough you can look for clues from him to, like he should have a least 6 full diapers a day , does he seems satisfied after he is done eating and burping, thigns like that, hope that helps good luck

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Melissa - posted on 03/05/2009

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I read in a What To Expect book that about 90% of milk is drained after about 10 minutes of nursing. Don't know if that's true but seems to be with my son. He nurses on each side about that long then gets fussy.

Gillian - posted on 03/05/2009

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When my son was younger, and I wanted to make sure he got all the good hind milk, when my breasts got softer, and he slowed down, I would pretty much wring it out. I would feel for any pockets of milk, and squeeze it down. I don't do that while he is eating anymore, but I do still do it when I pump.

Michele - posted on 03/05/2009

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try to think of perky pre-baby boobs... as i like to refer to as my boob's good ole days... when full.. when low on milk... i think of it as a glimpse of what to expect when i get old. lol hope that helps

Jana - posted on 03/05/2009

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I  notice that when my breast is full itis heavier  and has this kinda ache to it, when it is being drained it gets softer  kinda like a balloon when the air comes out ( just how I want to think of my breasts :)  ).  I guess as previous posters havfe said, when he is satisfied,  and pulls away then you know that he has had his fill and drained it as much as  he needs as your breast will never be empty as long as you are BF'ing your breast will always  be producing more. HTH



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Christine - posted on 03/04/2009

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Once your son is finished nursing you can always try hand expressing a bit to see if you get a spray or if you get a creamy dribble.

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