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My new son is doing well, he likes to stay at the breast a long time - ex. just nursed the right side 35 mins, I took him off because I need to use the toilet...<br><br>
I wonder at what point I should end a feeding - I feel 40 mins is about my max before I get uncomfortable / restless --<br><br>
Should I take him off earlier or wait longer? He seems to be doing well, lost weight but still eating well.
 

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cograts!!<br><br>
is your milk in yet? ideally he should nurse as long as he wants, but we all have to pee now and again, lol.<br><br>
35 min or more is very normal. ds1 would nurse 1 hr, then sleep an hr, then nurse 1 hr again. it builds up the milk supply he needs for rapid growth.<br><br>
if you need to stop him early, try to wait until active sucking to turn into more 'fluttery' comfort sucking. comfort sucking is good for milk production, too, though, so stick with it as much as you can.<br><br>
you may find duration goes way down when your milk fully comes in. by 2 weeks, you should find it's not so constant. by 8 weeks, its easier still.
 

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Let him eat as long as he wants or as long as you can stand it! After 40 min is your DS still actively eating or just on the breast and not sucking? The skin-to-skin contact, even if he's not sucking, will help your milk come in and encourage a good supply.<br>
When my DD was two days old, all we did was nurse, eat, and sleep. It was not unusual for her to spend 40 min to an hour on the breast! When she was feeding, I was talking to people who stopped by to visit or on the phone, watching TV, reading, or just resting and watching her. If you feel the need to get up and do something, have you tried nursing using a sling?
 

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I agree. In the early weeks, when you're still building your milk supply, it's best to nurse very often-- as often as you can get the baby interested. Most newborns seem to want to nurse around the clock, with maybe one longer stretch for sleep. That said, though, there's nothing wrong with taking the baby off the breast so you can use the bathroom or have a meal or lie down awhile! Weight loss is normal in the first few days, but it should stop once your milk is well in. Watch out for signs that baby is getting enough-- once your milk is in, baby should be wetting several diapers a day and gaining weight steadily.<br><br>
Remember, too, that babies don't just nurse for food. They're brand-new to the big world and it's overwhelming and frightening sometimes. The breast is as close as they can come to the perfect togetherness of the womb, and they'll look for it whenever the world gets to be too much for them. Comfort nursing is perfectly okay and wonderful and doesn't need to be discouraged.<br><br>
It won't be that long before you're worrying that LO isn't nursing ENOUGH! When they get older and more interested in the world, and more efficient at getting the milk, you might find you miss the endless nursing of the newborn period. Try and enjoy it while you can!<br><br>
Learning to nurse with baby in a carrier, so you can be up and moving, can really help with the restless feeling. So can learning to nurse while lying down.
 

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Sounds pretty normal at 2 days. Your milk is probably not it yet, so long sessions aren't out of the ordinary. Once that milk comes in, he'll probably finish a lot sooner! Hang in there! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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What I should say is that he nursed 35 minutes on ONE SIDE. Is that normal too, or should I change sides if he's going that long on one breast?<br><br>
It seems that as long as we're both comfortable it's fine, but I'm not sure about stopping him to switch sides. He didn't do much on the other side after the long time on one breast this AM.<br><br>
Thanks! I'm going to grab a quick shower and then snuggle him more. I'm in the hospital but I want to get a moby wrap (I want 2 shoulder support for babywearing, I didn't like the KKAFP I used with DS1). I think I'll order that and hopefully have it to use in a few days.
 

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Nursing just on one side for a long period is fine. In fact it's probably better for him since he's sure to get the fattier hind milk. The length of time is normal and should be encouraged. I know it can be tiring...somedays it seems like they nurse 23 out of 24 hours but you are doing the best thing for your baby and your milk supply. Make a nest on the couch complete with a big glass of water and remote control <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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