Fast metabolism or not enough milk?

Emma - posted on 11/04/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son is a little over 4 months and although in the past still fed every 2 hours now he seems to want to eat every 1 1/2. Not complaining, just concerned. On my doc's advice I've started rice cereal but I'm concerned with his frequent feedings.

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Suset - posted on 11/04/2009

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He's probably going through a growth spurt so do feed him as often as he wants. He's old enough to eat cereal, but I suggest to feed it to him after he's had breastmilk so that you can maintain your supply. The frequent feedings should subside after a few days, but if not then he may just be wanting to breastfeed for comfort.

Aimee - posted on 11/04/2009

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my youngest did that very same thing... do the rice cereal right before bed time and naps and he should at least sleep a little longer. my dr. said that it could just be a growth spurt. Good Luck!

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Whitney - posted on 11/09/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

I would absolutely NOT recommend Babywise- and it is not a 'very informative book about breastfeeding.' The author, Gary Ezzo, has only an honorary degree from a theological seminary, and offers no research, no citations, and no peer reviews to his book. You might as well be taking your Gramma's old wives' tales as advice.

see http://www.salon.com/life/feature/1998/0...

Perhaps Whitney needed to take herbal remedies and pump immediately after nursing because of the poor advice offered in this book.

Healthy mammals have breasts that work- the biological norm to breastfeeding is actually 3-4 times an hour of a few minutes each. Not every few hours per 'Pastor Gary Ezzo.'



Thanks LIsa for your information yet again... You do realize I'm the same person you gave this information to on the other post. 

Lyn - posted on 11/06/2009

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Remember, breastfeeding is on a supply and domand basis. Babies are going to eat more often during a growth spurt than not. The only bad thing is when your body starts suppying more that is when the demand drops off and then you have to start pumping to get relief from the excess milk. but you can freeze it. I strictly breastfed for the first six months, then I introduced some cereal, but only after my baby breastfed first.

Minnie - posted on 11/05/2009

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Quoting Emma:

Thank you all for your advice and comments. Although I've gone through the other growth spurts, I think this one has just taken me by surprise. I did see my doc just last week for his check up and he is a "healthy 15 pds" and he was feeding like this then. and that is why our doctor advised to start cereal. He would normally wait for the 6 month mark, but in cases where the baby seems to be feeding very frequently, and instead of me supplementing with formula we are trying cereal first. I really don't want to have to go to formula because in the past when I've had to supplement he has reacted to it quite severely, when he was first born I had an infection and couldn't breastfeed for the first few days.



But the point is, Emma, cereal offers absolutely NO benefit over or in addition to your own milk.  His weight regardless, feeding frequency regardless, he needs your milk, not nutiritionally deficient grain cereal. 



The biological norm to breastfeeding is actually 3-4 times an hour.  This is due to the nature of human milk- which is low in fat and protein.  All mammals who carry their infants on their bodies (humans and great apes included) have milk like this- and this necessitates very frequent feedings.

Minnie - posted on 11/05/2009

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I would absolutely NOT recommend Babywise- and it is not a 'very informative book about breastfeeding.' The author, Gary Ezzo, has only an honorary degree from a theological seminary, and offers no research, no citations, and no peer reviews to his book. You might as well be taking your Gramma's old wives' tales as advice.



see http://www.ezzo.info



http://www.salon.com/life/feature/1998/0...



Perhaps Whitney needed to take herbal remedies and pump immediately after nursing because of the poor advice offered in this book.



Healthy mammals have breasts that work- the biological norm to breastfeeding is actually 3-4 times an hour of a few minutes each. Not every few hours per 'Pastor Gary Ezzo.'

Whitney - posted on 11/05/2009

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I suggest reading the book "Baby Wise". It teaches you how to teach your baby to eat well then nap well. In turn, the baby will also sleep through the night. It is a very informative book about breastfeeding... I also took Fenugreek to help boost my supply whenever I was concerned. (It is an herb you can find at any health food store.) I also pumped immediately after he'd nurse in order to help my supply stay up.

Emma - posted on 11/04/2009

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Thank you all for your advice and comments. Although I've gone through the other growth spurts, I think this one has just taken me by surprise. I did see my doc just last week for his check up and he is a "healthy 15 pds" and he was feeding like this then. and that is why our doctor advised to start cereal. He would normally wait for the 6 month mark, but in cases where the baby seems to be feeding very frequently, and instead of me supplementing with formula we are trying cereal first. I really don't want to have to go to formula because in the past when I've had to supplement he has reacted to it quite severely, when he was first born I had an infection and couldn't breastfeed for the first few days.

Aisa - posted on 11/04/2009

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my son is only 8 weeks and i felt unsure he gets enough milk from me as he doesnt stay on for long for a feed, but after each feed he is content and he does put on weight my dr says he is getting enough milk looking at these signs. always see your dr or your midwife if you have concerns

Tammy - posted on 11/04/2009

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I agree, prob a growth spurt. My son went from one feed a night back up to two. He's exclusively bf and eats every hour and a half unless he is having a long nap.

Kathryn - posted on 11/04/2009

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my daughter did the same thing. Try increasing the scoops in his formula by one. It could be a growth spurt which will pass. If hes breastfed though you will just have to carry on with the feeding. Baby rice might help.

Minnie - posted on 11/04/2009

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Neither. Normality. He could be going through a growth spurt, in which his frequent feedings are going to stimulate your breasts to increase production to meet his needs. He also may be nursing for comfort- he's more aware of his world and his need for comfort. There's nothing wrong with that.

You can get a soft baby carrier, like a sling, and learn to nurse him in that so you'll have more hands-free time.

I most definitely would not recommend rice cereal. It's nutritionally deficient (the nutrients in it are difficult for baby to use)- what he needs is more of your milk, not 'solids.' La Leche League recommends nothing but breastmilk for the first 6 months.

Nothing to be concerned about.

Amber - posted on 11/04/2009

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It's probably just a growth spurt. Let him eat as often and as long as he wants so your supply with increase according to his needs. Unless he has medical issues, I wouldn't give the rice cereal because they don't really get anything except iron from that stuff, but that's just me.

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