Only drinking fore milk...

Janice - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Over the past week my 9 week old has been nursing for shorter periods but more often. Last night from 6pm 12pm she ate every 45 min. She will nurse for about 10 min then just pacify herself with a gentle suck for 10 min. I think she is only getting foremilk. Is there anything I can do to get her to nurse longer. The problem occurs mostly in the evening and at night.

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Lise - posted on 01/06/2010

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Quoting Lisa:

Is she very gassy? Vomiting? Has frothy green poo?

If not, it's likely that she's just become more efficient at nursing. Babies DO decrease the time it takes to nurse just because they get better at extracting milk.

But to make sure she's getting that nice hindmilk, make sure she drains the first breast first. If she unlatches or falls asleep on your breast after ten minutes, see if she'll nurse on the same again. You can do breast compressions while she's sucking.

Read these on foremilk/hindmilk imbalance:

http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVSep...


I agree with the above.  My LO went from nursing for 45 minutes on each boob to 5-10 min each.  She just got better!

Minnie - posted on 01/06/2010

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Is she very gassy? Vomiting? Has frothy green poo?



If not, it's likely that she's just become more efficient at nursing. Babies DO decrease the time it takes to nurse just because they get better at extracting milk.



But to make sure she's getting that nice hindmilk, make sure she drains the first breast first. If she unlatches or falls asleep on your breast after ten minutes, see if she'll nurse on the same again. You can do breast compressions while she's sucking.



Read these on foremilk/hindmilk imbalance:



http://www.llli.org/FAQ/foremilk.html



http://www.llli.org/FAQ/oversupply.html



http://www.llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVSep...

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Minnie - posted on 01/07/2010

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Quoting Casey:

I agree with Beth... you could pump for a little before to ensure she gets hindmilk... or you could also test it by doing the opposite.... Pump after she's finished to see if she's leaving a lot of milk behind, or if you're pretty empty.



What you can pump is no indication of your supply.



 



Rather than pumping off foremilk, it's best to let baby nurse on the first breast until it is empty before moving to the other.  This may involve more than one nursing session. 

Amy - posted on 01/07/2010

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Ha! I was going to post a similar story! Thank you Lisa for posting the LLL info, I think I have oversupply issues. I think I will bring this info into the pediatrician. We are having issues with my daughter not gaining weight, but she nurses often and often sounds like she is gulping. She has every one of those symptoms listed for over supply.
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