i BF my 7 weeks old baby after every 10 min but he still remains hungry
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*Fluffy Bunnies - posted on 10/12/2011
Completely normal. Nurse baby on cue whenever they show signs of hunger (chewing fists, smacking lips, licking, turning head side to side, increases alertness). Let baby nurse on one side until he falls off on his own or falls asleep. If he wants to nurse more make sure that you can't easily squeeze milk out of that side. If you can put him back on that side. If it feels "empty" then offer the second side. There are lots of growth spurts in this newborn-early infant stage. It will pass. Hang in there!
â¥âªMeganâ«â¥ - posted on 10/11/2011
You'll need a hug and some sleep while nursing. My now 7 month old went through the same thing. It'll get easier. Or so I read, my baby still doesn't sleep through the night.
I would suggest trying to get your baby interested in other activities when he/she gets older. It's hard at that age but worth it so that your baby won't be constantly interested in feeding. I had to do that with my 7 month old because she would want to eat as soon as I got home from work.
Celeste - posted on 10/11/2011
Scheduling can work for some babies however, going longer between feeds is not how foremilk/hindmilk works.
Basically, the more often you nurse, and more often you "empty" the breast, the more fattier hindmilk baby will get. The longer between feeds, the less fattier the milk.
Here's a good explanation of how milk production works (kellymom is by Kelly Bonyata who is an IBCLC)
Foremilk is the milk (typically lower in fat) available at the beginning of a feeding; hindmilk is milk at the end of a feeding, which has a higher fat content than the foremilk at that feeding. There is no sharp distinction between foremilk and hindmilk – the change is very gradual. Research from Peter Hartmann's group tells us that fat content of the milk is primarily determined by the emptiness of the breast -- the less milk in the breast, the higher the fat content.
A woman's breast really only makes one type of milk, the higher-fat milk that we typically think of as hindmilk. As milk is produced in the breast, the fat globules in the milk tend to stick to each other and to the walls of the alveoli (where the milk is made). Between feedings, milk collects in mom's breasts and gradually moves out toward the nipple, leaving more and more of the fat "stuck" further back in the milk ducts. The more time between feedings, the lower the fat content of the foremilk available to baby at the beginning of the feeding.
Once the let-down (or Milk Ejection Reflex/MER) is triggered (by baby's nursing, pumping, etc.), the milk is squeezed down the ducts until it becomes accessible to the baby. Milk production is not faster during letdown - the flow is simply faster. There are several let-downs per feed, although most mothers only sense the first one.
As the breast starts to empty, the fat globules begin to dislodge and move down the ducts (let-down facilitates this process). So the further into the feed, the higher the fat content of the milk, as more and more fat globules are forced out. The end result is that the milk gradually increases in fat as the feeding progresses.
Your breasts don't "flip a switch" at some arbitrary point and start producing hindmilk instead of foremilk. Instead, think of the beginning of a nursing session as being like turning on a hot water faucet.
The first water you get out of the tap isn't usually hot, but cold. As the water runs, it gradually gets warmer and warmer and warmer. This is what happens with the fat content in mom's milk - moms's milk gradually increases in fat content until the end of the feeding.
Since fat content is is directly related to the degree of emptiness of the breast, it is possible, depending upon nursing pattern, for fat content to be higher at the beginning of a particular feeding than it is at the end of some other feeding.
Now think about the hot water faucet again. If there is a long period of time before the faucet is used again, then you go through the "cold to hot" process once more, but if you turn the water on fairly soon after it was used then the water is either pretty warm or still hot, depending upon how long it's been since the faucet was last on.
This is how it works with mother's milk too - the longer the time between feedings, the lower the fat content at the beginning of the next feeding. If feedings are closer together, you're starting off with a higher fat content.
As a particular feeding progresses, fat content increases, milk volume and flow decrease, and milk synthesis speeds up. Because every baby varies in the amount of time it takes him to receive his fill of the higher-fat milk at the end of the feeding, it is important not to switch breasts while baby is actively nursing.
Catie - posted on 10/11/2011
Your baby eats every 10 minutes? Is there ever a longer period of time between feedings? How long does each feeding last? Does he latch on good? Is he gaining weight?
I do scheduling and, I know some people are against it but it has helped me tremendously in knowing when my baby needs to eat.
I think that there could be multiple reasons your baby is still acting hungry after he eats. First, and most likely, reason is, he's only getting the foremilk which is very low in calories. Your baby needs to nurse for probably about 5 minutes before you experience the letdown reflex and he is able to eat the calorie and nutrient rich hindmilk. Try letting him go 2 1/2 to 3 hours between feeding. I experienced a similar situation with my newborn. He just wanted to snack every half hour or so but wasn't getting the rich hindmilk and was crying a lot and stressing me out. I then let him just fuss until it had been 2 1?2 hours since his last feeding, fed him and made sure that he ate 15-20 minutes on each side. He hasn't done that since.
Or, the second reason could be that he is going through a growth spurt and trying to increase your milk supply. But, even if he is going through a growth spurt he shouldn't be eating every 10 minutes. The earliest in a growth spurt is usually every 2 hours at his age.
So, my suggestion is try to get him on a 2 1/2 to 3 hour schedule and make sure he's eating good on each side and see how that goes for you.
This is just my opinion but, I hope it's helped.
Celeste - posted on 10/11/2011
It is totally normal for babies to want to eat often. This is often due to growth spurts. Plus, this is GREAT for supply. The more you nurse, the more milk you will make.
Do you have a sling?
It does get better. Hang in there!