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Old 05-23-05, 01:54 AM
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Thank you. It's good to hear I seem to be on the right track. Those online videos are a great help too.

Here's another question:

Everytime she eats she just eats on one side. I just let her go until she stops and falls asleep. I switch to the other side the next time around. Should I be stopping her halfway through on one side to switch to the other or is it fine this way?

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Old 05-23-05, 01:51 PM
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I'd say if she's completely emptying that one breast, that's better than stopping her halfway. By emptying the breast completely, you are enusring that she's getting that fat-rich hind milk that she needs. If you stop her halfway, she may not benefit from that. You're doing a great job! Glad it's getting better!
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Old 05-24-05, 02:04 PM
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for the second question...

it's more common for you to stop her 1/2 way thru and switch sides.... better in establishing your milk supply...

in a few more days, you'll probably be super engorged as your milk comes in more fully.
Babies tend to fall asleep when nursing and it's a challenge to keep them awake for a full meal.
They will usually fall asleep before they're actually done with their meal, so it's good to try to keep them awake by tickling their feet and stroking the head etc. A good burp after the meal is important too -- (not all babies require burps though).
So, it's good to nurse for 10 minutes, burp, switch sides, and nurse until done. (usually around another 10 minutes).
This is the 'norm'.

Of course, my DS was a super nurser (and i had super milk) and he was completely full to the point of throwing up everything after a mere 5 minutes total of nursing. So there are exceptions to the rule.
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