All of a Sudden Never Pops Off When Nursing?

Sheri - posted on 12/30/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Alright, so my daughter was a very quick eater as a newborn and would usually only eat for 5 or 10 minutes on each side (sometimes less, sometimes more). At first I was a little concerned, but she was gaining weight veeery fast, so I stopped worrying.

Now, for the past few weeks (maybe a month?) she has entered a stage (or what I hope is a stage!) where she will basically eat for as long as I let her. And when I say eat, I really mean stay on the boob, because often she is just sleeping after a while, or sucking every once in a while.

Usually, I hear people say that their baby was like this as a newborn, but got faster and more efficient as they got older. So far I have not heard of a baby doing it the other way around like she is doing. Have any of you ever had a baby who started off fast but turned slow? What would you do? Should I pop her off when the sucking slows? One last piece of information. She doesn't seem upset when I do pop her off (which I eventually always have to do or else she literally would never come off). Please lend me your advice!

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she is using you like a pacifier. She will eat and then just sit there for the comfort. I breastfed for 18 months and did the whole pacifying thing. If you know she is done then pop her off. When you notice her stop swallowing but still suck every once in a while is the time to stop her. If she is still eating she will go suck suck suck then swallow and suck some more.

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