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Baby breastfeeding for hours

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bexster5 Mon 05-Jan-15 20:49:11

I am bf on demand with 2nd baby and she seems to be growing fast. She is 12 weeks tomorrow. I am really struggling though because apart from her being colicky (which I posted about in the sleep thread) she feeds for hours at a time particularly in the evening.

She will happily feed for an hour plus around lunchtime. Come the evening she will feed for a good couple of hours before finally going to sleep.

I rather suspect she's not actually feeding for all of this time and that it's just comfort? I have read that it can be about upping your milk supply but it's been going on for a long time so I doubt that. I've read mixed views as to whether your milk is better or worse in the evening and that's why babies cluster feed. Whatever the reason I'd like to find a way to feed her for a more reasonable time so I can have a break and also get some sleep! Advice please!

RainbowInACloud Mon 05-Jan-15 20:56:55

No idea sorry but DS the same. Will watch with interest.

ampersandand Tue 06-Jan-15 08:01:42

Does she fall asleep at the breast? My 19 week old rarely unlatches himself but falls asleep still sucking. I just gently remove my nipple and he often stays asleep.

He's a dummy refuser so I guess he is using my nipple as a dummy once he's done feeding.

Perhaps after 40 minutes you could try and remove your breast, but whilst feeding stroke her cheek and talk to her to make sure she is awake and feeding.

I'm not an expert at all, this is my first baby, but just passing on advise I've been given before.

bexster5 Tue 06-Jan-15 08:15:56

She does fall asleep at the breast. Which my first one did too, but he would drop off the breast when done. She does drop off eventually but it's taking a ridiculous amount of time. I will try as you suggest, thank you! I just don't want to wake her up again. When I've woken her up in this way we've ended up starting the process all over again!

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