**CORRECTION: I must be REALLY tired, but I was looking at the kg. side of the scale and not the lb. side. These babies do not weigh 2 lbs. They weigh almost 5 lbs as of Day 3 post birth!
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Is it normal for newborns to only stay on the teat for a few seconds at a time? Instead of the typical 30 seconds - 1 minute Deborah talks about in the book, these kids have been on for a consistent average of 5 seconds each time. Sometimes they manage a bit longer, but not by much. Everything seems to be in good working order... poops & pees normal, energy level normal, seems like everybody's taking turns just fine. Bellies feel full enough, and faces smell like milk, no screaming or acting like they're starving, mama coaching them well.
Duration is getting longer as of Day 3, and now they're favoring one side, which tells me that they do seem to be attracted to the less full side & my harsh letdown theory could be correct. I just got at least 3/4 cup out of the non-favored side to add to my bottle stash and give Maple some relief (I didn't milk her out on that side, just evened things out).
So... just checking to see if I should be concerned about the kids getting enough, supply & demand issues, etc. if they're not staying on very long. They're nursing very frequently, of course, but only a few swallows at a time. I've tried bottle feeding a bit to see if I the kids are more competent there, and to get a better sense of how much they might be able to eat at a time, and I don't go through 1 ounce for all 3 kids in one feeding. They've had bottle practice about 4 times total now with the same results... about 1 ounce consumed total among 3 kids.
Thoughts and observations greatly appreciated!