AM I PRODUCING ENOUGH MILK?

HANNAH - posted on 02/20/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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MY SON NEVER LATCED HE LOST LOTS OF WEIGHT HIS FIRST WEEK HOME SO I STARTED PUMPING I GET 3.5 YO 5 OZ EVERY 3 TO 4 HOURS SEEING AS THIS IS MY FIRST CHILD , JUST WONDERING IF I SHOULD BE GETTING MORE

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Most babies lose a little their first week. Nurse every 2-3 hours and pump if you can't nurse at that interval. That will keep your supply up and you'll know he's getting enough. Watch for lots of wet diapers and poop that is yellow and smeary.

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Sarah - posted on 02/21/2012

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It's normal for babies to lose weight in the first week of life. They should be back at their birth weight by 10 days. This is because it takes time for the milk to come in and establish a supply. I would encourage you to continue to try and breastfeed, go to a Le Leche League meeting, see a public health nurse, or lactation consultant for advice and tips. It's tough if you've never nursed before because both you and babe need to learn how to do it. It's natural, but doesn't always come naturally. You will produce far better nursing for the babe than for the pump in the long run. What you're getting right now though is a great amount. I just recommend this because a lot of women find their supply decreases when they exclusively pump (as opposed to nursing). Good for you for working so hard at it and good luck!

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