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My 4 month old has started to reduce her feeding time .
She usually feeds for 30 to 40 minutes or more,but just recently will only drink for about 15 minutes.She also carries on a bit too,wants the other breast after 5 minutes (if that) & arches away from me crying/whinging until I give her the other side.
Could she all of a sudden be getting her fill in that short a time or is she starting to refuse the breast?
Anyone gone thru something like this?
P.S her nappies output seems ok
there's a thread on this and there's a number of us who commented that this was happening to our 4 month olds. spencer went from needing half an hour for a feed and a nipple shield for a flat nipple to needing half the time to feed without any external assistance. he also came off the breast after 5 minutes and cried but wanted to go back on the breast. he also did the 'banana back'. this all started at 4 and a half months and he's now 5 months. he can still carry on a bit while breastfeeding - mainly when there's something distracting him or he's tired. they seem to reach a stage when they have become really efficient at feeding and also become far more interested in the world around them.
My 4 month old has started doing this as well, lots of carrying on, but seems to be satisfied fairly quickly. He's even starting to go a little longer between feeds, so I guess he has just learnt how to get his fill quickly and is keen to move on to more exciting things. I'm glad to know its not just me experiencing this!
id think by 4 months they are nursing more quickly they are breaking stride and are quite the sucking expert by 4 mos. they want to feed quickly, it seems to be also the age of distraction, get in get the milk, get out and do other things.
Although I never made it as far as 3-4 months breastfeeding, I remember being reassured very early on that bubs become much more efficient around that age. Being distracted during feeds is a separate issue, but it's very likely bub is getting just as much as he/she used to in a shorter time.
Thanks for your replies girls.
She's started having longer feeds again(sometimes),so maybe it's just a phase she's going through. :)
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