I am breastfeeding...

Timbrel - posted on 07/22/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my daughter seems to always wanna eat? how can i get her on a routine without just not feeding her?

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Lynlee - posted on 07/22/2009

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I agree with Marabeth - why bother changing to bottle feeding when you can feed her from your breast? Don't worry about not knowing how much she is getting - if she has at least 6 wet nappies each day she is having enough milk. Also those pumps just don't suck hard enough like a baby does and you are setting yourself up for mastitis and reducing your milk supply. Also think of the time involved - if you have to pump and then bottlefeed you are doing the same job but it takes twice as long.

Marabeth - posted on 07/22/2009

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pumping is great for a lot of reasons but for the baby to get the full immunological benefit of breastmilk nursing is necessary. when she nurses pathogens from her saliva are introduced to your nipple causing your body to produce specific antibodies. that being said she still gets antibodies that you make in response to your own environment.. it's just not as thorough.



also (this is just my opinion) i would think that the contact you get while nursing your baby would encourage more milk production. pumps are usually not nearly as efficient as baby at extracting milk.

Timbrel - posted on 07/22/2009

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thank you everyone for your help. i think im just going to pump more and bottle feed mostly so i know how much she gets and how much it takes to fill her up.

Kattie - posted on 07/22/2009

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I had to go back to work when my daughter was seven weeks old, so I was prepared with breastmilk in a bottle when she was demanding and I needed a break. Plus, then her daddy or my mother could feed her and feel more of a part of things.

Krystallyn - posted on 07/22/2009

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my son was same way, he's 3 moths, 2 weeks, i had to supplement with formula, he eats less frequently...now he's on veggies.

Ashley - posted on 07/22/2009

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she will basically be on the boob non stop until she is like 6 months..but if you pump they seem to get fuller..and stay more content longer plus you know how much she is getting and you will know if she is really hungry or crying for another reason.

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Unfortunately at this age, that's what they do. It seems that they live with either your L or R breast in mouth. My daughter was CONSTANTLY on and my son now (who's a week younger than your daughter) is doing the same. I do give him more bottles though so I am not so sore and to let my milk catch up ti him and his needs. It will change, eventually. GOOD LUCK!

Dana - posted on 07/22/2009

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I never really noticed a routine or schedule with my son, I just fed on demand and at that age, it's pretty much all the time. It's normal, you may find a "loose" schedule after a while.

Marabeth - posted on 07/22/2009

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according to your profile shes just under three months which means youre doing what you should -- feeding her what appears to be constantly. just follow her rhythms and if a pattern emerges embrace it. if not dont be surprised because infants that young change *constantly*. good luck!

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