Comfort nursing

Megan - posted on 06/16/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 7 week old daughter is on my breast all the time! I know it's for mostly comfort rather than just nourishment. I enjoy our bonding time and all, but it gets a little exhausting at times. I tried giving her a pacifier so I could get a little break, but she won't take it! Does this phase pass or will she continue this for as long as I'm breastfeeding?

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Lori - posted on 06/18/2013

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Congratulations on your new daughter! As Celeste says... it will get better. Comfort nursing is important to the entire nursing relationship and does help to keep your supply up. It's fine (and encouraged) to let her continue to nurse as frequently as she wants. I know it's exhausting. I found a few stages where I noticed things got better or easier. Around 6 or 7 weeks old, the amount of crying and fussing for no reason that I could determine dropped significantly. Around 3 months old I felt like we'd gotten into almost a routine finally, and that seemed to help me. Another thing that helped a whole lot (though I didn't figure it out until my 2nd baby) was to use a sling or other carrier to keep the baby with you. When your baby is with you constantly (being carried.. not just laying near by) your baby is much more likely to be content... and not need extra comfort nursing just for comfort. Carrying your baby in a sling or carrier for 1 hour a day can make a difference... and the more you do it, the better.

Celeste - posted on 06/17/2013

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It's fine to let her be on the breast often. It's normal and good for supply, especially at this age It will get better!

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