breastfeeding help

Nina - posted on 07/31/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I am concerned as I am a teacher and will be going back to work in 2 weeks. My son will be 6 weeks then and is only 4 weeks now. However, he still has not gotten onto a schedule per se. He will go 3 hours every feeding one day and then the next day its like it went out the door and is hungry every hour and a half to two hours. i am worried that maybe my milk is not coming in enough. i started pumping occasionally when he was 3 weeks and do so every other day now and notice that once i feed him, i can only get about an ounce on each breast. he is having good bowels and wet diapers and gaining weight...but how can i get him to every 3 hours and should i be pumping more to get more milk flow or am i fine? i think that he is hungry all the time because maybe I'm not producing enough. but he comes off the 2nd breast with that "drunk" look. please help!!

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At that age, they tend to nurse, most all day. If you can pump after feeding him as much as possible it will help to increase your supply. (SUPPLY AND DEMAND) If you want him to go 3 hours, strictly on BF alone, I am not sure what you can do. The best thing I would say would be to supplement him with formula. There is NOTHING wrong with formula and you will notice that he will be happier longer. Breastmilk is a laxative and they digest it VERY quickly. Most likely if you are only getting an ounce or two after feeding, then he is content. I think that is about what most women would get. Your situation sounds very familiar when I had my daughter. Now that I have two, breastfeeding is much harder due to chasing the 2 year old. Keep nursing as much as possible and pumping right after. Drink LOTS!!!!! (try for a gallon) of water. If you don't intake the fluids, you won't produce either. - Good Luck with breastfeeding, pumping and going back to work. Hope I helped a little.

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Breastfeeding babies at that age do not keep to a schedule. with my two girls some days they would go for 3 hours between feeds and some days I felt like they were on my breast all day. Keep tracking feeds and diapers and if the weight gain is good at the doctors then you are doing fine. As for pumping, I was never able to pump much more than 1 oz but I definitely had enough milk (my eldest would often over eat and vomit). As you little guy gets older he will be able to go longer between feeds but this may not happen for a few more weeks and even then he will go through cluster feeding periods.

Katie - posted on 08/05/2009

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My little boy is 3 weeks old and I feel like you do all the time. I only get like 1 1/2 ounces on each breast also. And Im worried that I'll never be able to pump enough to save in case I want to have a babysitter. But I must be producing enough for him cause he is gained 2lbs in a week. So I just wanted to let u know everything that u are going through sounds normal. Breastfeeding is all new to me too and so far I have had lots of questions about the whole experience. But as long as they are healthy thats all that matters, Good Luck on everything.

Brandi - posted on 07/31/2009

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if he looks to be satifide with the feeding than he is probobly hit a growth spert.my son was 9 pounds wene he was born and grew evin faster after that and at times will still eat every 1 houre or so and is now 2 mounths.as long as he is helthy and ganing wait i wouldnt worry to much.im shur your makeing enuff hes probobly just growing thairfore more hungrey.he will get more frome you than you can pump out so if you get 1 ounce of each side than he is probobly getting at least 2 on each .if you have any doughts ask your doc about suplimenting with formula.i need to do it at times now cause my boys so big he sucks me dry and will still want more.but i still breast feed as much as i can to give him the best nutrients i can

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