How long should a 6 week old be nursing per side?

Maggie - posted on 07/11/2011 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My little boy is 6 week old and I am just curious as to how long he should be nursing per side? It used to take him about 40 mins total to nurse of both sides, but recently it doesnt seem to be taking as long....any advice?

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Anna Marie - posted on 07/11/2011

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My guess is he is becoming a more efficient nurser. Mine have varied greatly on timing and sides. One only wanted one side per feeding and would just 'sip' all day long, little drinks. The other had to have both breasts each time and would nurse longer - though he still seemed to nurse all day long :)
As long as he is peeing and pooping enough 5-6 disposables a day, and gaining, you are both doing great! Keep up the good work!

Maggie - posted on 07/30/2011

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thanks everyone luke is doing really well, he had his 2 month checkup and hes 12 lbs 9.8 oz and he was 7 lbs 6 oz at birth so hes doing really well we are happy!

Marie - posted on 07/17/2011

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There are no time limts or requirements! Just trust your baby. If he's happy, growing, and peeing, he's ok! A PP also added pooping to the list, but actually, all EBF babies do not always poop every day after a month or 2. My daughter only pooped once every 5 days after she hit 1 month and the ped said it was totally normal. Anyway, keep it up!

Sally - posted on 07/16/2011

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It should take him exactly as long as it takes him. Every baby is different. Some of them nurse more or less efficiently than others and some like to nurse longer for comfort while others want to get it over and go do something else. Babies know when and how much they personally need to eat until we train them out of it.

Chelsea - posted on 07/19/2011

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my daughter is 6 weeks old today and she nurses about 15 minutes on 1 side, then she is done and will just spit out or lick my nipple if i offer the other side, i alternate sides with each nursing unless she just took a few swallows then ill offer the same side next time..when its hot sometimes they just need a "refresher drink" as i call it, not hungry just thristy and it takes less then 5 minutes :)

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Maria - posted on 07/25/2011

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I would probably say anywhere from 20-30 minutes per side. Usually when they get full they will stop nursing and fall asleep. At least that was what my daughter always did.

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He's getting better at it! lol He's found a more efficient way to get milk out so he's probably getting the same amount... but he's getting it in a shorter amount of time.

Robyn - posted on 07/19/2011

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As long as he wants to, mine always stayed there until he was ready to come off. I also used to feed him on different sides at alternate feeds. Is he feeding more often? If you are/become really concerned go see your GP

Lise - posted on 07/17/2011

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I agree with most of the above. My friend bf 2 babies, neither of whom ever nursed longer than 10 minutes. I'm still nursing my 21 month old, and she rarely takes less than 25 minutes. Just wait until he pops off on his own, and you'll be fine.

Amber - posted on 07/17/2011

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I would say about 10 minutes on each side. Shouldn't take long at all. After a while of breastfeeding, your breasts should produce more milk and at a faster pace to adjust to your babies needs. As he gets older, he get's better at sucking and faster too. Not to mention harder, ouch! Haha But good for you! Most people stop at this stage, I breastfed until his 1st bday! Keep it up girl! Sounds like you both are doing great. It's not easy!

Ania - posted on 07/17/2011

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There is noone answer to this. Some babies nurse for 40 minutes others barely 5 and they are just fine. Some eat all the time, like very 45 minutes others every 2 hours or so

Heather - posted on 07/16/2011

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He should nurse as long as he wants. If he stops, then wait a few minutes and offer him the other side, if he wants more, then let him have more. He knows when he is full. If he doesn't want more, then start off nursing him on your other breast and let him do the same thing. This is what I was told to do by a lactation consultant and it worked fine. Soon he will be taking both breasts at each feeding until he is full.

Maria - posted on 07/16/2011

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Advice - Be happy, you no longer have to sit still for 40 full minutes! Babies change as they get older... he is probably more efficient than before. Just keep letting him nurse until he is done. Be aware that he may start nursing longer again when he approaches growth spurts!

Nicola - posted on 07/16/2011

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I would agree that he is just getting more from you now as the milk changes! My son only used to stay on for 20 minutes total but would always do an hour at bedtime. Dont worry I am sure you are doing a great job xx

Didi - posted on 07/16/2011

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Just like with everything else about nursing a baby it varies greatly from baby to baby :) changing sides actually isn't very important as long as you follow your babies lead and he is happy, gaining weight. My son only wanted one side per meal, I had an abundant supply. Happy nursing :)

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