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User - posted on 11/18/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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i'm breastfeeding my 4 month old son but don't think dat is enough as he is crying for more every hour and won't take formula at all! wot do i do?

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Jill - posted on 11/18/2008

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I remember having the same problem around 4 months, it was because my daughter was going through a growth spurt. 4 months is a common time for babies to go through growth spurts. Your baby is feeding more frequently in order to naturally increase your milk supply to fit his needs. Just nurse him as often as he wants to nurse and in a few days you will find that your supply will adjust. I DO NOT suggest supplementing with formula unless your son is not gaining weight or if he is not getting much from your breast. If you supplement, he won't want to feed as often from you and your breasts will not be able to adjust to the higher demand. Remember, breast feeding is based on supply and demand, the more your baby eats the more milk you will produce.

User - posted on 11/18/2008

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He might be going through a growth spurt. He might be cluster feeding. Just nurse him as often as he wants, and remember that it won't last forever.

Danielle - posted on 11/18/2008

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Are you sure he's hunbry? Do you use pasifires? I used to think every time my son cried it meant that he was hungry, but when I gave him a soother, after he got used to it, that was what he wanted. Besides the experts say the breast milk is all they need until maybe 6 months when you can start feeding them baby food.

Shaina - posted on 11/18/2008

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Addie - posted on 11/18/2008

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If you want to increase your milk supply... you can try an herbal supplement called Fenugreek, along with pumping in between. It did help boost my supply, take 3 capsules 3 times a day. It was recommended by my lactation consultant. Good Luck!

Alisa - posted on 11/18/2008

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Boys tend to be bigger feeders than girls..I'd be careful about adding cereal to the bottle, most health professionals don't recommend it. However, if you want to top him up afterwards with formula that's what I used to do. I'd breastfeed and then top him up with 2-3 ounces of formula.

Trisha - posted on 11/18/2008

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If he's draining both breasts completely at each feeding you may want to try pumping a bit between feeding to up your milk supply. I had the same problem with one of my children, good luck

Kelsey - posted on 11/18/2008

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My son was the same way. I started him on rice cereal when he was 4 months old and that seemed to fill him up. I would mix rice cereal and breast milk and feed it to him by spoon. It is messy the first few times as he gets used to the spoon, but it helps fill him up and gives you a bit of a break. I eventually got him to take a bottle, but I had to ask the help of my mom. I would have to leave the room and he would take a bottle from her if I was not around and eventually he just started to take one. He is 6 months old now and on formula all the time. I hope that this helps you and Good Luck.

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