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    Default 9 week old baby feeding duration lasting for less time? Help/advise

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    I'm new to the forum and a first time Mum. My 9 week old baby boy was feeding from one side for 15mins and the other side for 20-25mins (he normally only does one side each feed, but sometimes first feed in day and evening feeds he will take both sides a feed). In the last week he is only feeding from 5-10mins on one side and 10-15mins the other side (& all feeds are one side only), is this normal? Is he getting enough to drink (he usually has about 6-8 feeds a day, this has not changed, only the duration of feeds has changed)? He was pooing almost every nappy change but this has now slowed in the last week to 2 poos a day. We are still getting plenty of wet nappies (approx 6 a day) & bub has been having pretty good weight gains recently. We were still using nipple shields until 2 weeks ago (problems with short nipples & baby not latching well). Could it just be that bub is more efficient with feeding without the nipple shields or perhaps bub is struggling getting a good latch (he seems to be latched & feeding well)? He doesn't seem hungry and usually falls asleep after a feed.

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    Yup, this is normal. Your baby is getting stronger and more efficient. sounds like you are doing really well.

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    I agree it sounds like you are doing great!

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    I agree with the PP's too!

    Sounds like bub is becoming more efficient at getting what he needs in less time.

    His jaw and facial muscles will be getting stronger along with his ability to co-ordinate his sucking with swallowing.

    Both my girls dropped their feeding times at around 7 weeks. It's a bit unnerving at first as it feels like they've halved their feeds but it's just that they are getting better at feeding

    I was told from an ABA counsilor that as long as bub is alert, happy and is having at least 5 heavy, wet nappies a day then all is well.


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    Yep, one advantage of a growing bub is the quicker the feeds! My ds used to feed for an hour (he always fed both sides per feed) and I was feeding 8 - 10 times a day and wow, I felt like I was feeding all day. Then when he was about 4 weeks old a friend told me the feeds would be quicker and I was SO relieved. Sure enough, around 8 weeks he got quicker and by 6 month feeds usually lasted a total of 10 minutes or less.

    My dd has always been a superfast feeder from birth, only feeding 5 minutes per side (always both sides/feed) for lots of feeds. So, every baby is different

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    Yep, normal! My kids were/are the same as the PP. DS was #1 and he fed for AGES, easily took me an hour and a half in the middle of the night to do both sides with a nappy change in the middle (he always pooed in the night).

    DD, on the other hand, was quick from birth. Almost straight away she only took 5-10 minutes per side. So much quicker!


 

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