not enough breastmilk?

Leann - posted on 06/13/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I don't think I'm making enough breastmilk for my son anymore. I haven't had any problem with it until recently. He's never had formula, but I'm beginning to get worried that he's not getting enough. He's very healthy and BIG (27lbs!!). I don't know if I should start supplementing or start weaning or what. He has also started biting! I don't know if it's because I run outta milk before he's done or what. I feed him at 7pm before he goes to sleep and if I pump in the morning, I can rarely even get 4 oz out of the 'big' one. What do you guys think I should do?

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Rose - posted on 06/13/2016

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I really adore an herbal supplement healthy nursing tea which helped me boosting my supply and I was able to satisfy my LO.

Leann - posted on 06/15/2009

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Thanks for the website! It really made me feel better about it all. (except for the babysitting dilemma lol)

Leann - posted on 06/15/2009

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If it was during the day, he would be fine, because he can go without milk during the day if we need to but she comes over at 5pm til about 9, but he goes to bed before I get home. He eats plenty of food, but I don't think he'll go to sleep without his milk.

Kelly - posted on 06/15/2009

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Nursing is supply and demand so you are not empty. Here is a link that may help you...

http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-su...

If you scroll down on the page on this link you will see how to increase your milk supply so you can stock up.

How many hours is your MIL watching your son? Is he eating solids? My mom watches my son on Mondays and typically I nurse before I drop him off, pump at work, and then make up for nursing when I get home which is 8 hours later. He goes without breastmilk during that time one day a week. The reason why I do this is i defrost milk and my mom forgets etc. So it was easier to just do it this way to avoid wasting milk. Don't know if that helps. In the mean time you can work on building up your supply! Hang in there and don't panic, your body is pretty amazing!

Leann - posted on 06/15/2009

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I forgot!!!! The other problem I have is that my mother-in-law babysits on Mondays and I'm running out of frozen breastmilk and haven't been able to pump anymore because he nurses til I'm empty. What do I do when I need a babysitter and have no more milk stored?

Leann - posted on 06/14/2009

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He nurses when he wakes up, before morning nap, aftenoon nap and bedtime. He eats LOTS of real food. But he seems to want more milk before he goes to sleep. I love breastfeeding and I don't want to stop, but I don't want him to suffer either. I'm glad to hear you all think it's ok!!! Thanks

Kelly - posted on 06/13/2009

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Ladies are correct that a pump will not tell you your milk supply. Instead of telling similar information I would recommend this website www.kellymom.com

you can pretty much find all your breastfeeding answers there! Sounds like you are doing a great job with a 27 pound boy!

Ember - posted on 06/13/2009

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I'm in agreement with the previous poster. I pump and I will tell you that what you get with a pump in nowhere near what you'd get with your child. The breast responds better to the childs stimulation.



I also agree, that biting most likely has nothing to do with the amount of milk. If he's not wanting to feed every couple of hours and seems content than I think you're ok. He may just be eating less now. That's what my son did.He's almost ten months old, over 24lbs now, only feeds 3x a day - 7 ounces each feed and eats HUGE amounts of baby food three times a day, along with snacks too.



When I was worried about my milk supply, a lactation consultant told me to pump after every feeding. That after several days, I would see an increase in milk supply. When I had to go to pumping full time, she told me to pump every two hours.



She was right, it takes a few days to increase your supply that way but, it does increase.



I really think that you're ok, though. If you're close to regular milk, just try to wait it out.



That's just my advice though. Good luck.

Lorilynne - posted on 06/13/2009

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Does he seem happy and content after he's done nursing? Is he constantly wanting to nurse (like every 2 hours or less) or are the feeds getting longer apart (more like 4 hours)? Biting is pretty normal, my son hasn't gotten to that yet but when my daughter would bite me I would just unlatch and tell her no and then let her try again. Pumping is not an accurate way to discover how much milk you produce because a pump is not as good as your son at getting the milk out. He's getting older so he's not going to want to nurse as frequently, especially if he eats lots of solids. My son eats three meals a day and 1 or 2 snacks and he nurses about 4 times. He doesn't nurse for as long as he used to and I know my supply has gone down but just because he doesn't need that much anymore. He's getting close to weaning so unless he is giving you some kind of indication that he's not getting enough, I would just keep going. Why give formula when he's so close to being old enough for milk? That's my opinion anyway :)

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