I have a teething 3 month old who is starting to nurse less I pump but I can see a different in my milk supply what do I do?

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Merry - posted on 08/14/2011

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This is about the age where our bodies start settling into a good pattern of supply and demand. It seems like there's lees milk just because it is begin made exactly the right amount based on baby's last feeding.
Think of it like this, in the first few months your body guesses how much milk to make, and it always guesses more then needed as a fail safe. But as your body gets in tune with your baby it is able to stop guessing and actually make exactly what your baby needs to drink.
This feels like you are making less because you are, but it is just that you no longer have the exess that you did when baby was a newborn.
If you supplement with formula your body picks up on the decreased nursing and responds by making even less milk.
So supplementing can mean the slow end of nursing.
I can't say it enough! Trust your body! We are designed to feed our babies. Every other mammal nurses their young and we can too. Don't over think it, it's pretty simple by this stage, go with the flow! And don't supplement.

Merry - posted on 08/10/2011

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Babies go through phases, sometimes they eat almost constantly, sometimes they don't eat as much!
It's normal. Babies have breastfed for centuries without pumps, they know how to regulate their intake. They manage through teething just fine.
Don't stress, your body and your baby are a team and they work well together. It's how nature intended babies to eat so don't over think it. Go with the flow. Trust your baby. And trust your body!
It's designed to feed your baby just right. :)

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Merry - posted on 08/28/2011

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It is really hard, you think it sholdbe easy and normal but it's an art! Like learning to walk it is natural but you have to learn. I've nursed my son for almost 2.5 years now, through my pregnancy and now alongside my new baby girl so trust me it is possible and it can become simple and easy. Check out Kellymom.com it's helped me so much. And don't give up. Trust your baby and trust your body we are designed to grow two cells into a baby and birth it and feed it! It's a natural part of life, unfortunately just like pregnancy and birth it's not easy and simetimes it hurts. That's motherhood! Lol but the best part is nursing does get better. And soon I'm sure you will be confident and pleased to see a thriving baby that you created and birthed and grew :)

Holly - posted on 08/28/2011

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hmm ok thanks for info. I'll look into that. It's so hard as a new mom and trying to do best by your baby and getting so much info from people you trust. I mean just as she was a day old 3 different nurses showed me 3 different ways to BF and last one was WRONG and injured my breast :( I'll keep up trying the breast for my lil one. ♥

Merry - posted on 08/28/2011

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Oh and if she is only getting 2 oz at a time you can just offer the breast every hour, or every half hour! If she's hungry she will suck, she knows what she needs. And even when your breast feels totally empty it isn't! Breasts are never empty, the ducts get engorged less often as time goes on and soon you ake milk fine without feeling full.

Merry - posted on 08/28/2011

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Holly, my son ate for 5-10 minutes tops from 4-6 months. Every feed was one breast, 5-10. Minutes. In that time span he gained weight and height. He thrived. Many babies suck slow, many suck vigorously. There's NO standards on how many ounces babies can drink in x amount of minutes. Drs have little to no training in breastfeeding. Most have no clue about how the breasts work. Many spout off myths or lies that they think are true.
Find a lactation consultant or look on la leche league website for a leader near you.
But I promise you, there's no literature to suggest that only 2 ounces can be drank from a breast in 10 minutes.
Check out kellymom.com
It's got tons amd tons ofinfo on breastfeeding
:)

Holly - posted on 08/27/2011

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well laura my dr. told me babies get about 2oz in 10mins and my baby stopped nursing 10-15mins and would fall asleep and not want anymore boob then want more but boob would not get more milk (she trained my boob to give 2oz 10min cause when I pumped(to save for later when I wasnt there to feed)milk would stop coming in 10 mins..obviously a baby at 3 months needs more then 2oz a feeding. So I dont know how I can get the boob to give more milk if she stops 10 mins. I've heaed people say milk comes on demand but not for me now. I can tell after 10 mins I have lil to none cause she pulls n get frustrated. And I dont know how i can just go to boob now that I've 3 months of boob...pumping and some formula (so daddy can feed) Karen I am sooo jealous of your supply. Also you should know I only can feed from one boob, other is funky nipple and dried out.

Karen - posted on 08/26/2011

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Laura is Right! A friend of mine was Never able to pump. She would only get out maybe an ounce at a time, and yet she was able to breastfeed her son for 13 months before weening him off. He Never got formula or bottles, I'm not sure about a pacifier. Personally, I pump, and I pump a lot, I've got nearly 70oz frozen in my freezer just since the first of August! I still nurse my son, he only gets a bottle a night from dad, or if I'm out running errands and am unable to bf, but that almost never happens, it's all about timing. Good Luck and keep trying, just remember, let that baby suckle away as much as she wants and as often as she wants!

Merry - posted on 08/26/2011

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Most importantly is not to give bottles, even no pacifiers helps, all baby's sucking should be at the breasts if you need more milk.

Merry - posted on 08/26/2011

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Holly babies suck out two to three times more milk then a pump. Some women can't pump any milk ever! Their bodies just don't respond to pumps. Remember, pumping is a new thing, all of human history women fed their babies. It works, trust it!
If you need more milk it's totally simple, baby sucks more!
The more often baby eats the more milk you make, don't give bottles! Bottles make you loose milk!
And your baby does all the work, all you have to do isbb be there to respond. If baby needs more milk it will ask to eat more often, if you respond and feed more often your body will make more. Don't think you don't have enough milk just based on a pump, that's NOT a real indication of how much you make. If baby is happy growing and developing then relax and trust your milk is fine :)

Holly - posted on 08/26/2011

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jen what do you mean the baby may not want to nurse anymore cause it hurts? never heard of it hurting the baby. So ladies can I "retrain" my boob to give more? I am down to 1.5 oz a session aghh..and she stops after 10 mins on it (doesnt seem like much milk is coming)

Karen - posted on 08/25/2011

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I've had the same decrease in supply, but my son seems to want to eat constantly! Le Leche League advised me to just drink a LOT of water, use a warm compress on the breast before feedings/pumping to help relax the ducts to let down more milk and while pumping to massage the breast to get more milk out. Also she said I can pump for about 5 minutes longer than it takes to empty the breast. This extra stimulation will trigger the body to produce more milk, and to pump as often as you can. I've been doing it for a week and its working, I'm up about 1/2oz at each pumping. Also I pump at every feeding (I'm a SAHM).

Jen - posted on 08/14/2011

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Renne I've heard you would have to drink about a liter of the tea in order to show any change in supply. I drank some with my daughter and it was so horrible that I stopped drinking it. Laura is right though. Our bodies know what our babies need to drink. If you are giving breast milk in the bottle it will seem like they still want more, but it's only b/c they're used to eating and continuing to suck from you so they get a little confused.

Renee - posted on 08/13/2011

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I'm going through exactly the same thing...my supply definitely seems lower despite taking supplements and drinking mother's milk tea, and domperidone AND eating oatmeal every day...it's frustrating!!

Jen - posted on 08/10/2011

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Try eating oatmeal (the real stuff, not instant). Drink lots of water too. You can also try making lactation cookies (there's tons of recipes online). Remember that the pump can not get out as much milk out as the baby does. The baby may not want to nurse b/c it hurts, but you should still try to keep your supply up and much as you can.

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