Help with breastfeeding a month old baby!!!!

Jennifer - posted on 05/29/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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i had my daughter a little less then a month ago and at first i was getting a lot of milk in and feeling engorged when it was feeding time but about a week ago that feeling stopped and when i nurse her she nurses for almost an hour and is still hungry after. What can i do to make the milk supply build back up. I want to continue to breastfeed as long as possible.

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Amy - posted on 05/30/2013

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You should not continue to feel engorged. If you're baby is still having plenty of wet diapers then you are producing enough, your body has just regulated itself which is very normal. You daughter may be comfort nursing which is why she is feeding for an hour, also very normal. My daughter used to cluster feed at night for about 3 hours on and off before she would finally fall asleep for the night.

Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2013

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i give her formula after breastfeeding when she is still fussy and she is fine but now she is pushing off my breast and spitting it out while crying. She has plenty of wet diapers.

Danielle Elizabeth - posted on 05/29/2013

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Is she still having enough wet diapers? If she is, then I would suggest waiting to introduce formula until you speak to a lactation consultant. If you feel your daughter is dehydrated and not having enough wet diapers then maybe supplementing with formula needs to be an option until you can get your supply back up( always pumping after a formula feeding so your milk supply doesn't decrease more). If your daughter is going through a growth spurt your body will increase its milk supply with the increased demand( if everything is working properly). If you notice that your body isnt adjusting to her increased demand for milk and she's fussy then I'd really consider supplementating( this doesn't mean giving up breastfeeding). I understand your desire to not introduce formula, but it might be the only option if your baby isn't getting what she needs. Make sure your eating and drinking enough. You can't take care of her if your not taking care of you! You can pump( that's what I had to do after every feeding for 3 months to ensure my milk supply stayed high) throughout the day. Your breasts will produce more milk when the demand is higher , and this is why pumping helps bc it's stimulating your breast similar to breastfeeding which tells your body to make more milk.

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