constantly hungry baby

Corinne - posted on 03/16/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I have a 7 week old girl and I'm worried because she always seems hungry. She only eats about 10-15 minutes a feeding and usually only on one breast. When I burp her she seems to root and whines but when I try to put her back on the breast she doesn't take it. I am currently using a nipple shield because she doesn't stay latched on without it and we end up having hysterics (both of us). Most of the time she'll fall asleep right after the feeding if I give her a binky, but she sucks really hard on it for a few minutes. I don't know what to do, or if I'm just overreacting. Any advice?

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April - posted on 03/19/2009

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I agree with most the replies, I went through growth spurts with my little girl olivia were you feel like you haven't put the baby down for longer than half an hour in like weeks. My husband found it hard to bond because I was constantly feeding her, but she is 8 months now (still nursing) and those growth spurts really worked she is a happy chunky little monkey and it was totally worth it. Hang in there you can do it I know it is tough but the result is amazing.

Vicki - posted on 03/18/2009

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Aren't growth spurts fun!? yeah.. as long as there's enough dirty/wet daipers, and she's gaining weight, there is nothing to worry about... catch up on your reading, watch some tv, and relax, 'cause soon enough, your little one won't sit still long enough for you to catch your breath!!

Emily - posted on 03/18/2009

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Probably a growth spurt.  Her stomach is so tiny and breastmilk so easily digested she wants to nurse a lot which is totally normal. Just follow her cues.  Perhaps she just likes to suck too. They can control how much milk they get, so if she is sucking for comfort you don't have to worry about overfeeding. Try nursing for 20 +minutes if you are only doing one side and see how that works.

Rachelle - posted on 03/18/2009

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Breastfeeding is not for the faint of heart...especially when your baby is having a growth spurt.

My daughter was on the breast all the time. Not eating too much per feeding and some times only one breast.

Although I never wanted my kids to have one, a pacifier worked. Some babies just want to suck and suck and suck! It saved my breasts and she was content as well.

Best of Luck!

Allison - posted on 03/17/2009

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Maybe she's going through a growth spurt? They typically hit one at about 6 weeks, and then they nurse a lot, which helps increase your supply. Does she have at least 7-10 wet diapers day? That's a good indicator if she's getting enough.

It may be hard, but I'd suggest you just keep nursing on demand - she'll start to nurse more efficiently as she gets a bit older and won't need to nurse as long or as frequently.

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Has she lost any weight?  Because if she is still gaining weight she should be getting enought nurishment. 

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