Proper Breastfeeding

Anshul D - posted on 08/06/2013 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Hi I am the proud mother of a 4 month oll girl, I would want to know in how many intervals and for how long I should breastfeed my child to make sure that she is getting sufficient food and not left hungry?

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Jennifer - posted on 08/09/2013

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My baby is 3 months old and I am feeding on demand. She needs a feed at least every two hours which can be tricky with two other children. Bit I find that she feeds most in the evening and will sleep through the night (about 9-10 hours). I like feeding on demand as I feel that way the baby lets me know how much she needs to feed herself. Some days she has more milk than others.

Melynda - posted on 08/09/2013

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I let both of my girls breast feed for as much and as long as they want. My oldest didn't stop breast feeding until my big prego belly got in her way... She was three. :) they stop when their tummys are full. Yeah for nursing mommies!!

Chet - posted on 08/06/2013

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Most people recommend nursing on demand. She will tell you when she needs to nurse. As long as she's growing and producing wet diapers you know that enough milk is getting in.

Jennifer - posted on 08/11/2013

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Your baby will nurse until she is full. This will differ between kids, let down and how fast each baby feeds. She will let you know. Nursing on both sides to help with supply.

Page - posted on 08/11/2013

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Hi Anshul,
The best way is to let the baby decide...when and for how long,,.
Feed on demand,...it may be exhausting at times...
Surely feed on both sides regularly..
Also, feed when you have a lumpy hard feeling in your breasts because that means there is a demand for milk and it is already produced.

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Erykah - posted on 08/20/2013

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Feed on demand! Baby will let u kno when she is hungry and when she is full, watch for her cues. It is exhausting, even more so if u r working also, but it gets better with time :-)

Mission - posted on 08/12/2013

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Hi Anshul,
i have been breastfeeding my daughter for 5 months. In my this experience I have find out that there is no particular time schedule for babies. Let your baby take decision. she will let y know weather she is hungry or not. According to book 4 months old needs to be breastfeed every 2-3 hrs. my daughter is asking for every 3 hrs during day time and every 4 hrs during night time.

Uma - posted on 08/11/2013

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Hi am uma saravanan, usually before 6 month babies need 3 hrs interval, after 6 month u can try other solid food. Am done like this for my infant she is 16 month now she is active.

Alisha - posted on 08/10/2013

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Im currently breastfeeding my 3 1/2 mo. Old, i know when she's done if she falls asleep or removes herself from my breast. If she isnt getting enough, she should let u know by squirming around, delatching many times then trying to latch on again and fussing. Ive learned that even though my baby has very many wet diapers, she may be getting enough but she may not be getting enough to satisfy her. You should also nurse on demand.

Tyla - posted on 08/10/2013

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Every 1 1/2-2 hours and you should do at least 15 minutes on each side or start 15 minutes on one breast and then switch to the other for 15 minutes and if she is still hungry switch her back to the other side until she is done just make sure you are feeding her the same amount of time on each breast or they will become different sizes...it happened to me lol and it was hard to correct

Melissa - posted on 08/10/2013

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Every hour n half to two @ most hope i helped sure baby will be thankful take it easy keep me posted.(:

Tanvi - posted on 08/10/2013

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Every 2 - 3 hours is generally when they nurse if they are exclusively breastfed. Sometimes 1 - 2 hours if they are going through a growth spurt. Feed on demand. Though, it would be good for you to figure out whether the cry is for food or something else.

Kizzy - posted on 08/09/2013

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Let her way as often and when ever she wants. Don't try too schedule it. She will stop when she is full. Proof mom of two that breast feed a year

Misty - posted on 08/09/2013

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I was lucky and both of my boys slept through the night (6-7 hours) by the time they were 8 weeks old. Again trust your instincts and do what works best for you. I liked the schedule because it worked for them and me.

Mariya - posted on 08/08/2013

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I am a mom of a 3-month old and breastfeeding on demand. He eats more frequently than every 3 hours now during day and he sleeps for 7-9 hours at night without waking up for a feeding (he used to eat every 2.5-3 hours when he was a newborn and slept during day, now his day sleep is sporadic).
They say - if your baby poops and pees, and puts on weight, that means she/he gets enough food.
Another thing you could do is to measure how much milk you have. At this age, they eat 25-35 ounces per day. Last week I was pumping the whole week (I had to be away from the baby), and I was definitely getting at least 30 ounces a day (sometimes 40) with a 30-minute pumping sessions; whereas during that week he ate 27-29 ounces a day.
Because of potential oversupply, I let him nurse on one side only at a time and make sure he finishes it (he usually likes to stay for longer than 10 minutes, which is enough time for him to finish the side, but I do not mind spending extra 10-20 minutes with him).
Good luck!

Alisha - posted on 08/08/2013

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Nurse whenever your baby wants to. I nursed for 2 years but it's recommended at least 1 year. Whatever you want and if you stop early you should give formula.

Misty - posted on 08/06/2013

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I breast feed both of my boys till they were 1 years old and I put them on a 2.5 to 3 hour schedule and let the nurse on each side for 10-15inutes or until they seemed like they were done. Each child is different. My best advice is do what works best for you and your baby. Congrats on the baby.

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