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    Is there a time limit on nursing?

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    Addilynn nursed for about 20 minutes and I was thinking surely she's full but she was still sucking pretty hard so I let her keep going and all of a sudden she backs her head away and projectile puked all over me lol.

    Should I stop after a certain amount of time?


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    Nope, let her eat until she stops on her own. Your milk lets down a few times while nursing so while she may be sucking, she may actually not be getting any at that time because your milk stopped flowing and is coming back. Nursing babies know when they're full and won't overeat like bottle fed babies sometimes will. She's still so little, I wouldn't worry about her puking, she's got a lot more of that coming for you!

    ETA: Just reread that and realized that that's kinda confusing, gonna try to say it better
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    Did you burp her at all during that time? If you didn't she may have gotten a big air bubble and so her burp actually caused her to "vomit" what she had eaten. Make sure you stop her and burp her after a few minutes and then let her go back to eating. She should stop then when she is full.
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    15-30 minutes is a "normal" amount for nursing.
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    How do you know how much boobie babies eat? Do you just count it like "10 minutes" versus 3 oz?
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    My youngest has acid reflux and I would have to stop after about 10 min and burp. This helped out lots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonsGirl View Post
    How do you know how much boobie babies eat? Do you just count it like "10 minutes" versus 3 oz?
    You don't really need to know how much a bf baby eats. But you go off the number of wet diapers after a week old they should be getting 6+ wet diapers after a week old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaaau View Post
    Did you burp her at all during that time? If you didn't she may have gotten a big air bubble and so her burp actually caused her to "vomit" what she had eaten. Make sure you stop her and burp her after a few minutes and then let her go back to eating. She should stop then when she is full.
    Breastfed babies doesn't usually get air bubbles because there is no air in your boob.

    Unless her latch is wrong that shouldn't really be the problem.


    Sorry you got puked on chika but there will be lots of that LOL. DD used to projectile puke every time she got the hiccups!!!

    Just let her eat, she can regulate herself...she's still getting used to all this too
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    I would burp her half way through. Maybe around 10 minutes and then again when you are done. When E was a newborn she would easily nurse for 30-40 minutes at a time, every 2 hours. It gets much much easier as they get older.

    Oh, also, you'll know if she's nursing vs. using you as a paci if you listen and watch her jaw/ear. When they are actively eating her jaw will probably move (including her ear) and you will hear her take little swallows. If not, she's probably just soothing herself and you can try to remove her or give her a paci instead.

    PS - E would projectile vomit everywhere if she didn't get burped good and that lasted until she was about 3-4 months old.
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    Aubs had acid reflux for the first 6 months. After a month or two, I was told to stop every 10 min and burp her, then relatch. TOTALLY helped her puke less, even though she still had the pain
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