It seems like it takes her about an hour to nurse, if I put her on both breasts. Sometimes she falls asleep after the first breast, so I'll start her on the other one next time. Right now we have been having a lot of trouble latching. She knows how to latch and she nurses well, but lately she gets fussy when I try to put her on. She bobs her head around, plays with my nipple, latches and sucks for a few seconds, but then lets go. Sometimes she seems to be frustrated, but she won't let me help her. If I try to gently push her on, she will push her head back. Sometimes she gets really frustrated and just starts screaming. Then I have to calm her down before I try to put her on again. It's very frustrating, especially at night when I just want her to nurse and go back to sleep.
Allyson is much more efficient than Austin was. She typically takes about 15-20 minutes. I remember nursing Austin for an hour or so each time, at the beginning. I can't really remember when he became faster at it, but it seems like he was a few months old, maybe 3 mos. or so.
Elaina seems to nurse to satisfaction within 20 minutes or so. But then she will want to comfort nurse with little sucks and cuddling for a lot longer. Sometimes she will pick back up and I can feel her really drinking again, but not always. I have a hard time getting her to both breasts, she will fall asleep at one.
Andrew takes about 20-30 minutes he's totally happy with one side per feeding.
I bet with twins it probably feels like all you do is feed them and change them. How is it going anyway?
I think babies tend to get more efficient by three months but I really don't remember and it was sort of a gradual thing so it's hard to really say.
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It is totally normal to only nurse on one side for some babies. Each woman has a different storage capacity for milk ( and it has nothing to do with breast size) so if your baby is full after one side then it is fine to hold off on the other side until the next nursing. I had to do this with ds1 and with Lucas too, but dd was a piggy and needed both sides each time lol.
It can take Luke anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour to nurse. It varies. It seems like he takes longer when the kids are being wild or dd needs a diaper change or I am about to fall asleep sitting up on the couch.