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I have a 4 week old girl who I am breastfeeding. My issue is that during the day, during her awake time, she is nursing a lot. She'll be awake for 2 or more hours and she'll nurse for 15 minutes, be happy for 10 minutes and then want to nurse again, repeat until she gets tired and I can get her to sleep. I'd love to be able to nurse her for 30-45 minutes solid and then have a solid time of not eating. I'm guessing this is just how she is but I thought I'd ask!

asked 03 Sep '10, 17:37

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I know it's probably not what you want to hear but my son was the same way and he turned out fine... they do get onto a better schedule as time goes by, and they get better at nursing (more efficient, get more food in less time so they don't have to eat as often). There are also certain developmental times (traditionally 10 days, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months) where babies just need to eat more 'cause their warming up for a growth spurt. It could also be she's early for her 6 week one. Hang in there!

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answered 03 Sep '10, 18:05

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Yeah, it'll get better over time.

(03 Sep '10, 18:19) brandstaetter

+1 I agree with your comments Melanie, also just to add that I remember being told babies can get tired while nursing too!

(03 Sep '10, 19:09) Emi
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+1 @Melanie, it's almost certainly cluster nursing due to a growth spurt, and totally normal. Bit behind for 3 weeks or ahead for 6 weeks. You just have to get comfy and accept that nursing is probably all you're going to get accomplished for the next few days and appreciate the bonding time.

(03 Sep '10, 23:49) Neen

Thanks! I figured it was something similar. Hopefully she's just growing and it will even out soon.

(04 Sep '10, 13:38) Katooka

I know it's normal and isn't problematic for the child. However, it is problematic for the mother. We are in the same situation right now and it is very annoying to basically have a nursing child at the breast for several hours straight :) Suggestions like Artemis' doctor made may help the mother but I don't think those are good for the child. But if anyone has a better "solution" to the problem of mum going crazy, let's hear it!

(22 Oct '10, 04:34) Alexander
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@Alexander... I suggest memorizing and repeating the mantra of "THIS TOO SHALL PASS" and pulling that one out whenever needed. It also helps to know that it's common and normal, and while not at all convenient (yes, even annoying), it won't last forever. The other important thing to remember is "If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy" so when Mum is able to have a chance to get away for 10-30 minutes... she should use it to relax (bath, book, nap) and not go crazy with housework...lowering your expectations for a time (or hiring help) helps greatly in this department.

(22 Oct '10, 15:30) Melanie
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Sounds like a growth spurt. The recommendation we got from our doctor regarding breastfeeding is to not try and put baby on a feeding schedule until they're older. It can be hard on mom, but it's better for baby.

Further links on demand feeding available here.

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answered 05 Sep '10, 18:18

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When we had the same issue with our daughter, her pediatrician told us to feed her once and then make her wait to eat until 2 hours after the first feeding began. We were to repeat the process and stay on that schedule all day. He warned us that she would cry a lot in between, but the idea was to get her hungry enough to eat better at the scheduled times.

I was a softy and shorten the intervals to about 90 minutes, and after about a week, I went back to feeding her when she wanted it. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting this method because he or she will probably want to do have weight checks to make sure your daughter is still gaining enough. Ours wasn't which is why I went back to feeding on her schedule. However, I did notice that the experiment helped some. I got to the point where she was eating about every 2-3 hours at night and during the mornings and afternoons. Like most babies, she was fussier in the evenings and the feedings were more frequently then.

I hope this helps! Good luck to you!

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