Just wanted to put this out there. I nursed my first boy for 2 years, so I'm not a novice...but this baby seems to nurse so differently from my first.
I remember my first hanging out on the breast for 30-40 minutes....my new 1 week old seems to be done with a breast after 3-5 minutes. Is it possible that he's finishing so quickly? Should I just try harder to keep him nursing on a breast before switching?
Wife to Rich~ 8/16/03 Mom to Nathan~ 9/30/07
I can believe it. Trystan nursed for a while at first, around 30-45 minutes... but now he feed on both sides within 15 minutes! At first I thought no way could he be getting full that quickly, but he burps fine afterwards and is completely content. And, I have no engorgement, so I know he's draining both sides. I don't know how, but he's doing it!
Krystal & Donovan - 12/2/06
Reagan - 10/2/02
Maximus - 3/10/05
Liberty - 12/11/08
My angel in Heaven 1/7/13
I can believe it. Neither of my girls have ever (once my milk came in) taken longer than 10 minutes a side, and usually more like 5.
DD Annabelle 04/08/10 DD Gillian 09/29/11
My DD actually takes longer to nurse now (at almost 14 months) than she did as a newborn. It's now about 10 minutes a side, before it was about 5 minutes a side as a newborn. Some babies are more efficient and your milk may be coming out fast too. As long as you can see he's swallowing the whole time and he has wet/poopy diapers you are fine.
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
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As long as everything is going well, I'd go with it. Now if the poop goes from yellow back to green or if there's a weight concern, then I'd go to block feeding.
I totally believe it. My DD was done in 5 minutes tops and NEVER took both sides until just recently. I would try to keep her on longer because I thought that's what I was supposed to do but it just turned into a fight. She was gaining weight like mad (1.5 lbs per week for like the first 10 weeks) and had plenty of wet and poopy diapers. Kids know how much they want!
Mine is a fast nurser as well. He has always nursed for about 15 mins. and as a newborn, was satisfied for about a hour... still only nursing about 15 mins. many times less but satisfied for about three to four hours before wanting to nurse again. No engorgement and he pees/poops fine.
-Becca, mom to Jacob (5-3-2003) Zach (6-20-2006) Zoey Jane (2-6-200 Alex (8-11-2011) and Emma Grace (due March 2014)!!