Breastfeeding

Cortni Hogan - posted on 05/18/2013 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hi im a mother of 3 and i just jad my 3rd 10 days ago..im breastfeeding with him which iv never done and im not getting but MAYBE 2oz at a time yet my lil man seems to be getting full but hes hungry every hour! How do you know if your giving your naby enougj or producing enough milk?!?

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~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/19/2013

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Well, pumping is totally different than how much the baby can get. At 10 weeks, they don't need but a few ounces and he is probably getting plenty. He should be having at least 10 dirty diapers per day, and gaining steadily. Pumping always produces less than the breastfeeding can do.

Both of my kids ate every hour to 2 hours. Totally normal. Just keep feeding on demand.

Cathy - posted on 05/18/2013

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Your baby knows how much he needs. I breast fed my 8 month old for 3 months til he started using me as his personal teether. You have to be patient. I was feeding every hour too. This will eventually change as your baby gets bigger and you start producing more. I also pumped once in a while to see how much I was making. I don't know how you feel about formula, but I sometimes gave my baby an oz or two after breast feeding to prolong the next feeding. I mostly did this at night before bed and it helped him sleep for a longer period. Good luck! Breast feeding isn't easy. Sometimes I felt like I was feeding all day long. It will get easier. Hang in there and don't give up. Breast milk is the best for baby and you.

Dove - posted on 05/19/2013

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Feeding every hour is 100% normal for his age. He is signally your body to make more and is WAY more efficient than any pumping. If he is growing (even slowly... as at this point he might still be under birth weight) and wetting at least 6-8 times/day.... he's getting enough. The more you nurse, the more milk your body will make and eventually he will be able to go longer and longer between feeds.

Heck, my son gained 12 ounces in 3 days on my milk.... and still wanted to nurse every hour... or more at that age. Perfectly, absolutely normal.

Sarah - posted on 05/19/2013

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Contni try to feed first on the side he does not like. Some babies will pick certain sides they like and don't like. Part of that is ok, but sometimes that then leads to one side producing less milk or no milk after awhile. So start with that side first as he is hungry and will tend to be less picky when hungry. If he does not eat much or long then pump from that side after feeding, so your supply stays up. Another thing I would try to do is try to hold or carry on the least favored side. Sometimes they get used to snuggling into you on the side you tend to carry or hold them on thus favoring that side over the other. Some babies will also have a nautral side they like to turn to, so holding them on the other side helps them to learn how to turn to the other direction.....also helps with keeping that head forming equally :).

Sarah - posted on 05/18/2013

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My daughter was an every hour feeder. It is VERY tiring! A few things to know....You get less milk when you pump then you do when baby nurses, so if you are pumping 2 ounces baby is probably getting more. Second, the more you nurse the more you buid up your supply. When you nurse nurse on both sides at one feeding....this helps with supply as you will produce more. To know if they are getting enough keep track of how many wet and dirty diapers he has. I can't remember if it is 8 or 10 wet/dirty diapers they should have in a 24 hr period (if you call the lactation coun. or l&d nurse they will know). Also make sure he is not falling asleep eating.....it is normal for them to close their eyes, but you want them eating for about 20/30 mins.

Also if they are having the correct number of wet diapers then also make sure baby is not tired or just wanting to suck, but no hungry. Both of my daughters had the same cry for hunger as they did for tired. I think with my first daughter there were times when I thought she was hungry, but looking back she might have been tired. With my second daughter I would first try to see if she wanted to sleep first before I tried to feed if she had eaten recently. In saying that there are some babies that do get hungry faster and do need to eat more often, so if that is yours then that is ok and normal too. It does get better! My first daughter started to go to every 3 hrs at 2 months old and then would go 5 hrs at night at 2 months.

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Cortni Hogan - posted on 05/21/2013

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Thanks! Can I buy this herb anywhere and does it affect any prescription meds that u know of? If not then im defiantly willing to give it a shot! And as far as supplementing...thats exactly what our doc has reccomended and although he is doing better i just dont produce enough to keep him going all day anymore so i just may have no other choice :-( It kills me but getting him the best nutrition right now is whats important BUT i will try anything at the moment thats safe before i give totally in to formula :-)

MaryJ - posted on 05/21/2013

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I hope I can help! I had a breast reduction about 5 years ago, but just gave birth to my first baby exactly 2 months ago. I was certain I wasnt going to be able to breastfeed because of the surgery, but I am producing milk. I was not sure if she was getting enough either, so the lactation specialist suggested that I nurse ten minutes on each breast, then supplement (top off) with about 2 oz of formula. If shes not hungry after that, she wont take the formula. You should be able to hear him gulping and swallowing if hes getting milk.
Also, I highly recommend the herb fenugreek for milk stimulation. I am not into all the herbal remedies, but honest to God this stuff actually is working for me. I take 3 in the morning and 3 at night. If your baby is hungry, he'll definitely let you know.

Enchantment - posted on 05/20/2013

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As for feeding every hour. That is perfectly normal for a newborn. As your baby get a older his need to nurse will spread out for longer periods. feeding on demand is great while they're newborns however as your baby get older he should learn to take more milk for u at one time. It starts out to 1-1 1/2 hrs. At about 2 to 3 months every 2 hrs. And about 4 to 6 months Every 3 to 4 hrs. Don't get me wrong there may be Times when he wants to nurse often depending on how he's feeling. Whether or not he's teething, or just not feeling well.

Enchantment - posted on 05/20/2013

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The comments that I read so far is very true. The pump does not stimulate your breast as well as your baby. It can be challenging in the beginning but it's all worth it for u and your baby. Have patience and before u know it u two would be pros. Lol as time goes on u will see the being difference. If your baby sleeps through the night that's a good time to try pumping to see how much milk u get. My 6 month old was sleeping at night and I would pump every morning at 5am and would get btw 8 and 10 ounces. Have patience with your baby and no doubts. U will do just fine.

Lizett - posted on 05/19/2013

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Also it'll get better waaaay better. He'll learn to nurse faster and you'll end up liking it better than bottle feeding.

Cortni Hogan - posted on 05/19/2013

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@ Sara...thats EXACTLY what i did throughout the night and all day today...he got really fussy BUT all the hard work and patience paid off bc now he successfully latches onto the othet breast!!! :-) and thanks again!!! @lil miss..i agree with feeding on demand..im all for it and have done it since day one..and as far as the diapers hes defiantly putting out ten a day usually MORE so again i think all my worrying comes from the fact that iv been a mom so long but my others were formula fed so this whole breastfeeding thing is new and bc you have to be so careful with everything you do or eat ectra...i worry ab every lil thing bc i want to do it right and stick with it! i love breastfeeding and just dont wanna end up doing it wrong amd having no choice bt to use formula..thanks to all for your helpful input :-)

Cortni Hogan - posted on 05/18/2013

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thanks Sara! He IS having a BM and/or wet diaper EVERYTIME he eats which im aware is a good sign hes eating well..geuss i still get a bit worried bc like u said..he is a "sucker"..lol...he most defiantly likes to suck his lil hands which can get confusing bc thats a sign of hunger as well but i think after reading what u guys have said AND the little iv learned here and there...hes ok and im just too worried...u mentioned that he should take to both breast and i didnt mention that earlier.he seems to love one more than the other but the last two days he hasnt taken to the other AT ALL so should that worry me? His diapers are still the same and nothing else has changed...

Cortni Hogan - posted on 05/18/2013

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Sorry about the horrible spelling but my phone is being wierd so i cant see what iv wrote til iv already posted..so hope u can read it!

Cortni Hogan - posted on 05/18/2013

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Thank you very much for responding:-) and you ask how i felt ab formula...funny you ask nc just today i spoke to a lactation specialist tjat encouraged the same thing...she said it was ok on many different levels..one being what you mentioned ab sleeping and getting fuller througjout tje night and another being tjat it was helpful for dad bc he could feel more "included and needed"...lol..so yes iv taken that into consideration...again thanks for the response..im new to circle of moms as of tonight so geuss i..t feels nice to know there are so many nice and helpful moms out ther! i wish you and your family the best

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