Should I be breastfeeding for hours?

Shital - posted on 12/01/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




Hi I'm a new mum to a set of 7 week old twin boys. I am exclusively breastfeeding them both. I'm not sure whether this is normal but they seem to want to feed for 2-3 hours in one sitting, once they come off themselves they start rooting again and want more milk. Is this normal? How long will it last? I have been letting them eat for as long as they like but they never seem satisfied. Has anyone else been through this? I thought they were sucking for comfort but when I take them off they cry out of hunger and are genuinely hungry. They sometimes fall asleep at the breast so I have tried taking off their babygrows and changed their nappies to wake them up. This seems

To work but still takes a very long time.

I have come close to giving the boys a top up of formula but have read that this can have an affect on your milk supply. I know the boys will also be going through a growth spurt around this time but my doc said this should last 3-4days and the boys have been feeding like this for 6 weeks now. Everyone says it will get better but want to know when? How many more weeks is it going to be like this? It's stopping me from venturing out as I'm feeding for most of the day! To the extent where I had to let the boys cry with my husband consoling them while I had dinner at 11.30pm!!!

Any advice would be great!!


Celeste - posted on 12/01/2011




Congrats on your twin boys! I also have twin boys that I nursed.

This is ALL normal. Never look for 'satisfied'. Let them nurse as much as they want because this will help supply now and in the long term. The more you nurse, the more you will make.

It will get better! Hang in there!


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Nicola - posted on 12/03/2011




I had a singleton he fed for an 1 hour 45 mins in every 2 hours for the first few months (not at night as much though ) and then eased off. Bonus he started sleeping through the night at 6 weeks old. in the 15 mins he wasn't feeding and was slepping you could see his stomach go from rounded and full to flat and empty. he was born very average size and by 3 months was over the top percentile line in his baby book for length weight and head circumference i guess sometimes they just need a lot of food to catch with where they should be he is 10 now and tallest in his class fit and slim and very smart.

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