2 and a half months old not getting anough fat from my milk

Kathryn - posted on 11/16/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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stuck in a circle of feeding constantly and causing more and more tummy and wind pain apparently not getting anough fat from my milk to much lactose anyone go though this??

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Carla - posted on 11/17/2009

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yip, try the block feeding, if baby is hungry again within the hour or so just use the same breast again until its empty. The leaking will stop when your breasts adjust, use pads in the mean time.

Sarah - posted on 11/16/2009

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huh, good to know, I am finding that my 2 month old is getting hungry fast, so next time I will try offering the same side as the last feeding. The only problem is what if the other one is leeking before the next feeding.

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Do you mean you have a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance? (Hindmilk is the fatty milk) If that's the case then you just need to make sure you completely empty the first breast before you switch sides. Don't put a time limit on it because that may not be enough time for your baby to get the hindmilk. Your breast should feel very squishy when empty. Or you can block feed which is where you offer the same breast until you can't squeeze any more milk out (this may take several feedings) then you switch and do the same with the other side. When block feeding baby may eat once an hour (or more) but for shorter periods of time. Doing either of the above will allow your baby to get more hindmilk.

Lisa - posted on 11/16/2009

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Yes I am too right now - mine is almost 4 months. I changed the diet and the fat supply in my milk has changed too. I pump so I can see how much fat is in it. You're probably putting out more foremilk than hindmilk if nursing that frequently. Try to cut out the milk, broccoli, beans, garlic,spices - stuff that may cause a upset tummy in adults and see if that helps. Baby may also be overfeeding when he nurses which would also cause it

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