Only sometimes eating off one side?

Havefaith09michaia11 - posted on 04/19/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Ok I am really not geting my son signales here.



I am noticing that he does not eat as long as he was. He is one month old today. He was eating 30-40 minits. 15-20 on one side and what ever he wanted on the other. I tried to not let him go past an hr due to having a 19 month old and needing to tend to her needs as well. He is nursing about ever 2 hrs. But not he some times only eats off once side. This last feeding he went 20 mits on the one side may be longer and even after a diaper change was content to go back to sleep. Is this normal and ok?

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Lauren - posted on 04/23/2011

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This is normal. It's actually called "block feeding" and a lot of moms do it -- I only ever nursed my baby on one side, then switched for the next session. No reason not to! It actually gets the baby more of the richer hind milk when you alternate sides, and helps control overproduction. Thumbs up!

Merry - posted on 04/21/2011

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I only ever fed my baby from one breast per feeding. His time varied alot, sometimes eating for only 10 minutes, sometimes 45 minutes! But always one breast only. My son ate usually every two hours for the first year, but sometimes up to 4 between feeds and sometimes just 45minutes between! It's so variable, changes week to week, and month to month.
What's normal is what your baby feels is right, healthy babies know exactly how much they need to eat and how often they need ot eat, so honestly, 'go with the flow' is a good motto to live off of while breastfeeding. It changes so much, and as long as your baby is growing and developing there is no real need to worry about feedings!
Your body was designed to do this, it won't fail you!

Cassie - posted on 04/19/2011

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I know what you mean. I have two girls and they were both like that at first. Probably around 3 months they started to go 3 hours in between feedings. But as soon as they hit another growth spurt back to every hour for a day or two, here and there. Just keep it up as best as you can. Remember this is the healthiest thing for you and your baby. Everyday will get a little easier. Make sure you are alternating sides. Start the next feeding on the side he left off of so you do not get an infection. It's hard because usually they will prefer on side over another, but keep it up!

Tyrae - posted on 04/19/2011

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As babies become more used to nursing they are able to get the milk out more efficiently. My daughter used to take 20-30 minutes to eat and now when she's not sleepy it'll only take her about 5-10 minutes to fully empty me out. She's 5 months old tomorrow.

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That is what happened with my son around that age, I was producing so much more milk at one month and it was coming out fast for him so he would fill up quickly.. ;)

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