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    Default What's 'normal'?

    Is there such a thing as a 'normal' pattern to breast feeding in the sense of space between feeds, length of feed etc? Normal probably isn't the right word to use but it is the best word at the moment. DD is 9 weeks and only goes for more than 1.5-2 hours between feeds if she sleeps during day. Sometimes she demands food 45 mins after the start of her last feed. Should I be pushing her feeds out longer or just listen to her and feed her? She is fully breast feed and very demanding if her feed is late (usually in car on 1/2 hr trip home!) Does feeding settle down at some point? I have no qualms about being on call to her but it is extremely difficult to plan anything such as appts etc. TIA.

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    There's no such thing as normal, you're right! Search through these forums and you'll see the patterns of all babies differs so much. I'm fairly new to this too and learnt that fact very fast!

    Do you swap sides in each feed, or just swap side for each seperate feed? If bubs is asking for food 45mins after the START of the last feed, maybe she's not filling up at the feed? You could try offering both breasts each feed and see if this makes her feed longer. This may not be an issue at all though, she may just be a hungry bubba

    My DS only feeds an average of 20mins each time. I'm constantly told by our MCN that he should be going at least 30mins, but he just can't/won't drink for that long no matter what I try. So I don't listen to her anymore, I figure if he's hungry he'll keep drinking

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    I block feed for 2-3 on one side and then swap to the other for 2-3 hours due to lactose overload issues (on advice from ABA). But other advice is to swap sides after first side is 'empty' but when is that? Having basically eliminated her frothy green poos and gas by block feeding I'm almost reluctant to mess with the block feeding, but if that fills her up and gives me a break it is worth considering. I feed until she finishes herself (detaching or dozing). Only thing saving sanity is that she is brilliant overnight 80% of the time. teaching a room full of teenagers is generally easier, but I wouldn't swap back.

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    The ABA would have the best advice for sure, particularly if you've had supply issues too.

    For my experience though (I was opposite, had low supply), once bubs is finished on one side I burp him (which helps wake him up a bit) and then always offer the other side. I then simply alternate each side that I start on if that makes sense?

    Sleeping well overnight is awesome at that age

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    i too have a 9 week old. During the day she feeds for abut 15 mins every 2-3 hours.

    She is brilliant at night, and will sleep in blocks for about 12 hours, eg 5,4,2,1 or 4,4,3 waking for feeds and feeding for about 10-15 mins. She has a great suck and just gulps away until she falls asllep.

    daytime is different, she is starting to refuse during the witching hour, and will onnly take a bottle. She also is starting to get distracted by the tv! her hungry cues are harder for me to read during the day, i just feed her when she seems grumpy after 2 hours, but sometimes she doesnt want it.

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    I'd love her to feed every 2 hours! I feed her at 10.50 after 1 hr nap for 1/2 hr plus nappy change and it is now 11.55 and she's back on! The ABA counsellor thought she could be feeding more frequently b/c of her lengthy sleep overnight which kinda makes sense. I'm just beginning to dread the next growth spurt/wonder week if 1-1.5 hrly feeding is her norm at the moment.......

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    That all sounds so normal. It's pretty intense but it won't be for much longer. Most babies I know (including mine) all started feeding less frequently at around 3-4 months. At 9 weeks they're still in that period where they're trying to establish a good supply for the long term

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    Every baby has their own normal. What is normal for your bub may not be normal for another bub. They are all unique individuals with their own patterns. I think our job as Mums is to simply listen to our bubs, learn what is normal for them, and trust that they know what they are doing.

    Good on you for diagnosing the lactose overload early, looking back, I think my second bub had this, he was terribly colicky, and at the time I had no idea what on earth was wrong with him...

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    There is no normal. No. My dd2 would not take the boob out of her mouth from 3pm-10pm... I learnt to not watch the clock and just go with the flo. I couldnt tell you how many times dd3 feeds or for how long cause I just feed when she wants, she's the one with the stomach.


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