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Lisa - posted on 01/28/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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my son is 5 months old, and is a pretty big kid. He weighs a little over 17 lbs and is wearing 9-12 month clothes. He used to nurse from both breasts about every 2-3 hours, but lately, he just wants to empty 1 at a time. He fusses if I try to give him the other one. Has anyone had this happen, or is this normal?

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Dianna - posted on 01/28/2009

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My man is 9 months and 20 pounds. He eats from one side until he is done then about 2 hours or so later the other. I eat the same way little meals through the day so why shouldn't he.

Emily - posted on 01/28/2009

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Your supply is completely supply and demand. If he doesn't need so much, your body won't make so much. My kids only nurse for 5-10 minutes on one side at each feeding. They're little petite things (my 13 month old is finally starting to wear 9-12 month stuff (she's 18 lbs now), and my oldest wore 3-6 month stuff until she was a year old), but they're all still growing and following growth curves and developing perfectly normal.

It's possible that he recently finished a growth spurt and just doesn't need more right now. Just keep nursing on demand and when he needs more, he'll nurse more, and your body will make more. :)

Tori - posted on 01/28/2009

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I believe that it is perfectly normal. My one month old only eats from one side at each feeding and my sister, who has an 8 month old, only feeds her one side at a time too.

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