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LittleJack15 Sat 18-May-13 16:18:27

My chap is 9weeks old. i'm breastfeeding and he is more or less constantly feeding.
He also falls asleep a lot on the breast. Is he using me as a human dummy?

TheSurgeonsMate Sat 18-May-13 16:21:01


NeedlesCuties Sat 18-May-13 16:29:31

It is normal for him to do that, he's still a tiny baby and not long out of the womb.

It's comforting for him (and for you) to be so close. Also the more he feeds the better your milk supply will be.

From memory of my 2 kids, the constant feeding tends to calm down a bit around 16 weeks.

You're doing a great job.

nananaps Sat 18-May-13 16:30:25

Hmm possibly although you need to consider a growth spurt too.

HV told me that he should have everything he needs in 20 minutes of feeding.
I kinda follow this and take my little chap off after 20 mins and wind him. If he cries for more, i put him back on, for a "snack" type top up.

Nappies wet/dirty i presume? Are you getting him weighed regularly? i only ask as this is what reassured me that i was doing ok. smile keep going, you are doing a fantastic job chuck x

poocatcherchampion Sat 18-May-13 16:30:38

dummies are substitute nipples not the other way around grin

normal though. it will pass!!

nananaps Sat 18-May-13 16:31:32

BTW i have a little Jack too and he is scrumptious smile

NeedlesCuties Sat 18-May-13 16:32:36

poocatcher glad you said that! I said that on another thread about 2 years ago and got a roasting for it from someone!

I think think I'm right, and glad you agree wink

poocatcherchampion Sat 18-May-13 16:50:05

I nearly didn't say it as it is a bit patronising but I figure its true! and if people let babies suck on artificial nipples as long as they they should let them so it with the real thing.

<ducks head>

LittleJack15 Sat 18-May-13 17:44:55

Thanx everyone.
Should I just let him carry on then?

LittleJack15 Sat 18-May-13 17:53:54

He does have a lot of wind. So some times I wonder if that has something to do with it? Should I not let him go to sleep on my breast?
Sorry a bit tired so not with it very much.

poocatcherchampion Sat 18-May-13 18:00:41

I didn't worry about it. after about 3-4 months I started putting her down a bit when she was asleep. and it was about 5 months before I could put her down before she fell asleep. from about 7 months she rarely slept on me any more sad
I don't think there is a lot you can make them do before 6 months (I'm not an expert tho), but I do know milk and sleep is good!

Midori1999 Sat 18-May-13 18:18:02

It's fine, normal and healthy for your baby to use your breast for comfort if you don't mind this. Dummies are substitute mummies, not the other way round, as has been said. As your baby gets older you can use the breast to not only comfort your baby, but relieve pain too, due to teething, or immunisations etc. of course, again, if you want to do that. Breastfeeding is about so much more than just food.

Your baby will gradually grow out of comfort sucking so much and will also grow out of needing/wanting to feed to sleep, but you certainly aren't doing any harm by 'allowing' him to do these things, quite the opposite in fact. smile

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