Fast nursers?

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jubileerose's picture
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Fast nursers?

Lily Rose has been nursing more and more quickly, to the point I'm nervous, like 5-6 minutes per side! Sometimes like 3 minutes on one side then she won't touch the boob for another 30 minutes.
Is this supposed to happen so soon? She might nurse up to 3 times in an hour, but only 5-6 minutes at a time.
What are your babies' nursing habits?

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Abram is super quick, we've never had a nursing session last more than 10 minutes total since he's been born. Usually it's 3-5 minutes per side, sometimes only one side, and other times both sides. I've noticed though that my letdown is quick and hard, so I think he just gets the milk super fast. I nurse him and then pump in the morning, I can easily get up to 6 ounces in under 5 minutes. I NEVER EVER had this much milk with DD, so it's new for me!

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I have a quick, hard let down, so my kids have all been fast nursers. Seth will fill up in just over 5 minutes, but I'll let him hang out for a while afterwards (I block feed and only offer one side/feed....) When I pump, I literally only pump for 5 minutes. I get my let down and then I'm done (I could pump for longer, but not get much out...)

I think so long as her poops show that she is getting enough hind milk (the fatty stuff!) she's just fine. Seth is a super chunk-- so I know it is working for him. Wink

Marite13's picture
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Not to hijack...but... I've already been in touch with an IBCLC about this...but what do you think. Z has green poops. We think there could be loads of reasons for this- including that's he's been sick, I've been sick, milk imbalance, etc, etc. Well, he's gaining weight great, and doesn't show signs of extraordinary fussiness or discomfort- but his poops are definitely lacking seediness.

So I don't know what to think. Without looking at his poops, you wouldn't think there was anything wrong. If you look at his poops, you would think everything is wrong.

boilermaker's picture
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Could it be dietary, Mara? When I eat lots of fruit (specifically, canteloupe and strawberries) Seth has green sticky poops.

I wonder if it is something you are eating and is affecting your milk?

You've got me curious now!

jubileerose's picture
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You ladies take parenting to a new level by monitoring poops. Now I'm worried I'm not paying attention enough but no one has ever td me to pay attention to poop, beyond making sure it happens. Lily Rose poops and is thriving so I stop there.
Hm. Now I'm curious too...

Kayla1981's picture
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I'm another mama with a forceful letdown. It's so forceful that I'm still having to take Nora off or she will choke. Most of our nursing sessions are 10 minutes or so but it does depend on the time of day, if she is sleepy and wants to do some comfort nursing, etc. She usually doesn't camp out on the boob like my first DD did though. She pops of when she is done. I really don't worry about how long she spends at the breast because she is clearly satisfied and her diapers are proof that she is getting plenty, not to mention her growth.

"Marite13" wrote:

Not to hijack...but... I've already been in touch with an IBCLC about this...but what do you think. Z has green poops. We think there could be loads of reasons for this- including that's he's been sick, I've been sick, milk imbalance, etc, etc. Well, he's gaining weight great, and doesn't show signs of extraordinary fussiness or discomfort- but his poops are definitely lacking seediness.

So I don't know what to think. Without looking at his poops, you wouldn't think there was anything wrong. If you look at his poops, you would think everything is wrong.

I know I keep saying this but Jordan always had green poops. I always mentioned it to her Pedi and he always shurgged it off. He said frothy would have been different but it was just green. Now Nora has the typical yellow, seedy poops most of the time. I have cut out dairy and cut down on soy and noticed when I tried dairy the other day she had poops that were green and she was fussy. The combination made me think the green was a sign of a sensitivity. If he is acting fine and growing fine then I wouldn't stress too much over it. I guess you could try a food diary and see if there is a pattern?

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Jubilee, I'm sure you would notice if Lily Rose's poops were off. Zintis hashad dark green poops for a long time, so its hard not to notice/worry. I didn't worry so much about DD's poops because they were much more normal (always yellow and seedy).

I'm going to have to bite the bullet and go dairy free and see if that changes anything.

jubileerose's picture
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True, lily has seedy poops. It was a brighter color yesterday tho and I noticed and thought of you Mara. Hee hee. What has my life become? *moans* Smile

Marite13's picture
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Zintis has taken to pooping around 4am the last couple days (how do you break THAT habit?)- and last night when I got up to change him, I actually brought the diaper into the bathroom (where I had the light on) to look at it. Smile Yellow and very seedy!!! I've really upped my oatmeal intake the last few days...could it really be making the difference??

jubileerose's picture
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Hooray for yellow seedy poops! Smile

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Yea Charlie is a super fast nurser too. She'll nurse for 5 minutes, sometimes just on one side sometimes on both but she'll take a 30 minute break inbetween. I have a very hard fast letdown and I know she gets a lot of milk cause it just squirts out. lol When I pump I can get a good 5-6oz in 5 minutes.

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Vivian was having green poop, so I had to start block feeding her. We think it was because she was getting too much fore milk. It fixed the problem. Now she only has it once in awhile when she has nursed for a very small amount of time on the one boob and then maybe fell asleep or got too fussy to want more.

I have a strong let down, as well, so she doesn't nurse for very long when she gets down to business. But there are times when she will nurse (on the one boob, mind you) for quite some time. I'm not sure where she finds extra space for all that milk. Maybe in all her chub!