Breastfeeding a big baby

Sarah - posted on 01/29/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I have a 13 week old boy who was 9lb 4 at birth. He is now over 17lbs and I am soley breast feeding as he will not take the bottle!

He is getting hungrier and feeds all the time, generally every hour - 1 1/2 hours! He used to sleep through the night and is now waking a couple of times for feeds.

I am exhausted and drained and dont feel that I can keep on providing this quantity of milk.

HELP!

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Courtney - posted on 01/29/2009

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I would agree with the other respones. He is going through a grow spurt. Babies go through a growth spurt around 3 months and again around 9 months. You will notice that each time He will nurse more frequently and sometimes longer this is to increase your milk supply. He may do this for a day or so then level off. If you need a break and want to try a bottle again try pumping a bottle then have you husband or someone else give the baby the bottle. Breastfed babies can sense when there Food source is near and will not take to a bottle well. This does not work for all babies but it works for most. You do need to be in a completely different room then the baby for this work well. Hope this helps

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Jenny - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son was 20 lbs at 12 weeks and I felt like I did nothing but feed him during the first 4 months of his life. I tried supplementing formula and it was a disaster. His little stomach did not do well with it and I was so mad at myself for doing it. After we got past that and hit the 4 month mark his feedings gradually got further and further apart until he started taking baby food at about 6 months. Now he is half way through high school and still considered a big guy. Breast feeding my daughter has been completely different but not without problems. Hang in there with it, I know it seems like hell now, but it really is all over so soon. The next thing you will know, you'll blink and he will be in high school.

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Hi Sarah...I sympathize, my son is a big guy too (almost 17lbs @ 9 weeks) and he seems to eat every hour or so constantly...he must be in a permanent growth spurt ;-) I suppose we just have to hang in there!

Carrie - posted on 01/29/2009

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you have plenty of milk.  two hours is a normal time span for how often a baby nurses.  it does sound as if he's in a growth spurt right now though, especially with the disturbed sleep.  hang in there and just keep at it.  BF is like a rollercoaster - up and down, over and over again.  :)  Happy days are ahead, keep trying!



PS: my guy was 9lbs 10oz at birth and an agressive nurser too :)  It really does get better

Jenna - posted on 01/29/2009

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Don't resort to fomula! Breastfeeding is supply and demand...your body should produce enough! My lil guy was 8lbs at birth, now is 16 weeks and 15lbs 3oz and solely breastfed. Most likely he is going through another growth spurt and will settle soon. It is exhausting but you are doing the best possible thing by continuing to provide your own milk! Babies digestive systems are to immature to handle solids until about 6 motnths of age. It is not wise to introduce baby cereal this early. Nor should you be giving juice at such a young age, as suggested above.

Deborah "Deb" - posted on 01/29/2009

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Brewer's yeast mixed in orange juice will increase the amount of mild you have and be more satisfying for the baby. The one brewer's yeast that I found to taste the best is sold at health food stores, comes in a white, black & gold container, produced by xxxxx labortaries. (I'm sorry, I have used it beyond my nursing days & I'm now a grandmother.) I will look up the company that makes it & get back with you. It was definitely worth it for me.

Crystal - posted on 01/29/2009

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Usually, by around 6-7 months my kids go about 4-5 hours between feedings.

Sarah - posted on 01/29/2009

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I was wondering if he was having a growth spurt but he has never gone more than two hours without a feed! Does this change as they get older then?

Crystal - posted on 01/29/2009

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He is probably on a growth spurt, and while it seems like he's nursing all the time it will slow down, just keep up with it and in a week or two he should calm down and have longer times between nursing.

April - posted on 01/29/2009

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Is your baby still having at least 8 wet diapers a day? If so he could just be going through a growth spurt and feeding that often to increase your milk supply.

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