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I just gave birth on May 14th. This is my second but I cannot believe how fast I forgot how to do things. I can't remember if I should be feeding my DS both breasts at a feeding or letting him nurse on one and then waiting for the other until the next feeding. The books I have don't make it very clear.<br><br>
Also - he is a POWER nurser. He goes for chunks durng the day where he sleeps more and only feeds every couple of hours but then from like 4pm-10pm he gets super fussy and seems to want to nurse like every half hour. It seems like if he is not sleeping he is wanting to nurse. This is all normal right?
 

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There are few real "shoulds" when it comes down to how you breastfeed. I remember reading that mothers typically nurse for 5-10 minutes on each side, and that's what my mother did, but what worked for ME and for ds1 was to nurse on just one side each time. There's nothing wrong with doing it that way so long as it's meeting everybody's needs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Your evening power-feeding sounds like what people call "cluster feeding" and it's normal. My mom calls that fussy time "the evening fuss". It's normal for babies to have a fussy time of the day and also normal for them to have times when they eat (or just need to suck) more frequently.<br><br>
Congrats on your baby's birth!
 

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Re: the power nursing, yep totally normal! My youngest would nurse non-stop from 6pm-9pm for weeks. She still cluster feeds in the evenings but not quite to that extreme!<br><br>
I think I read that you should always at least offer the 2nd breast. With both my kids, in the early weeks, I did one breast per feeding sometimes 2 feedings if I felt like they might not be getting enough hindmilk. As they got a bit older, around 12-ish weeks, I made more of a point to start offering both breasts at a feeding. Sometimes they'd take it, sometimes not.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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My ds is almost 7 mos, and he's just now starting to want both sides. If your baby seems satisfied or falls asleep after one side, don't sweat it. If he pops off awake, you might want to burp him and offer the other side, but he might be telling you that one side per feeding is enough.<br><br>
We definitely went through a phase where he would cluster feed in the evening. It's so frustrating... sometimes he would root around, latch on, suck for 10 seconds and then pull away again, only to root around again 5 minutes later! This would go on for several hours, and I worried I was misinterpreting his signals. After a while, I noticed that he would sleep much better on the nights when he had been particularly fussy, so I just resigned myself to thinking it was a good thing. My ds stopped doing this sometime around 3 mos.<br><br>
It sounds like you're doing well. Congratulations on your new little one!
 

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This is my first time figuring all this stuff out, and it seems that there's no right or wrong, but whatever works best for you and your babe! Gather info from as many sources as you can and mush it all together into a plan, then be willing to change at any minute!<br><br>
As for the evening fussiness, our dd is the same. She is almost constantly on the breast from 7 pm - 11 pm, but than she sleeps for about 4 hours straight, which is glorious! Small price to pay for some good zzzzz's for us all. DH figured out last night that if I can feed her like that pretty constantly for a few hours in the evening, we could go to a movie! I told him OK as long as we go to one of the new fancy theaters with the hi-back rocking seats! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I always try to feed on both breasts each feeding in the first few weeks, when I know I have a good supply and see baby gaining weight. With my daughter, she was kind of small and so I would literally let her drain one breast for all the hind milk, and then nurse her again 1.5 hrs later on the other breast. With my next bio child, I ended up just nursing on one breast every 2-3 hours. He was bigger, had a stronger suck, and I had a lot more milk. During growth spurts he might would take both breasts but that was not the norm. I think its on a case by case basis.
 

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I am breastfeeding my second baby and this has always been and still is confusing for me.<br>
My LC says you MUST BF the first breast 20 minutes before switching to the second--that's the only way to get the hindmilk. I do not agree. My baby is an efficient nurser and doesn't take 20 minutes on one breast. If I made her do it, she'd fall asleep.<br><br>
Basically my baby is about 10 minute/breast. Sometimes 20 on one and none on the other, sometimes only 7-10 on one and none on the other. Its different all the time. I read her cues. If she pulls off after 10, goes to sleep and after repeated attempts to get her back on she won't stay, I forget it and put her down for nap. If she is still going strong on the first one after 15 minutes, I let her continue. If she pulls off one after 10, seems dissatisfied and takes the second one, I don't worry she was only on the first for 10.<br><br>
I used to try to follow the "rules" until I decided there were no rules, who cares, and I do what works. I have much less stress this time around doing it this way.<br>
If she only nurses 7 minutes and I know she's going to want to again in an hour, I don't care, I'll do it that way.<br><br>
My first child wanted to be on all the time, he'd do an hour on each and nurse 24/7 if I let him. That was really really hard to take. So to have one done so quick this time around is really a nice treat.
 
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