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one breast or two??can i change?

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lupinjess Fri 24-Oct-08 09:51:50

DD2 is 17 weeks old and is now waking 3 times a night for milk. I'm feeding her every 3 hours during the day and she only feeds for about 10 mins each time - although she will carry on "chewing" for a bit longer. I have never offered both breasts at a feed but wonder whether I should try now. Will my supply adjust if i suddenly feed from both breasts each feed??

tiktok Fri 24-Oct-08 09:55:45

Of course you can offer both breasts - or even three or four by going back and forth - at each feed, if that's what your baby signals she needs. Your supply will adjust just fine

tiktok Fri 24-Oct-08 09:56:16

PS it is not a guarantee of sleeping more at night, though

lupinjess Fri 24-Oct-08 10:27:11

Thanks. HV suggests giving her formula or baby rice but i'd rather wait a few more weeks before starting solids. she had previously been sleeping for 10hours without a feed so this is a change for her. I just think she is a bit more hungry now.

alittlebitshy Fri 24-Oct-08 12:08:06

grr at Hv. Surely this is the famous 16 week (ish) growth spurt. My ds is only 13 weeks, but over the last few weeks i've had to go from just one breast to offering at least 2 (mostly 2, sometimes a 3rd side if need be.) He is a big boy though (15lb13 at 12+4). I dream of the day he'll go 3 hours in the day. Sometimes it's almost hourly.....

lupinjess Fri 24-Oct-08 13:02:41

Didn't realise there was another growth spurt at 16 weeks! Let's hope that explains it. She has only gained 3oz over the last 2 weeks though so I think feeding her up a bit more will be the thing to do. I'm going to try the multiple breast at each feed technique and see if that helps.

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