Still breast-feeding at 5 months?

Suzanne - posted on 01/11/2009 ( 69 moms have responded )

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I was just wondering how many mom's with Auguest 2008 babies are still hanging in there with breast-feeding and how many have already quit. I am still doing it, but just barely. I am not producing like I used to...in fact I'm only really good for 1, maybe 2 good feedings per day and the rest of his liquid intake is formula. I'm debating on what I should do. Option #1 - Just keep going with what I have until it dries up or Option #2 - start pumping a lot more to try to increase it and quit when he's 6 months. I really do love to breastfeed, but I know he's not getting enough right now and I also know that I have to stop sometime. What do you all think?

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Cheryl - posted on 01/21/2009

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I'm still bfing. I went to almost 12 mos (2 weeks shy), 15 mos w/ my 2nd and will continue w/ this one as long as he wants to (ok w/in reason). I work full time so I pump 3x's a day and nurse for all of his other feesings. At this point he gets expressed milk and he has cereal & a jar of veggies 2x's a day. It really is a personal choice. If you really want to bf there are things that you can do to help increase your supply (nursing on demand, pumping - as you mentioned, oatmeal & the supplement Fenugreek). If you are ok w/ formula and giving up bfing than that is ok too.

Sara - posted on 01/21/2009

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Good for all you dedicated mommas out there! It's definitely a commitment, especially the working and pumping aspects.

My baby is 5 months, we're still exclusively BFing (and pumping for daycare, I'm working full time). We haven't started solids yet: she doesn't seem interested yet, and I'm in no rush for the smelly poops! LOL.

My original goal for myself was 6 months, but it's going well... so I've extended my goal until at least 9 months, and I'll re-evaluate. I'd love to get her to a year, but I can't say I really enjoy pumping either. I don't pump as much as some of you do (is that 12 oz in one double-pumping session!?) but I'm able to keep up with what she needs each day for daycare (she's been taking 4 oz bottles), as long as I get a couple pumping sessions in on the weekend. I also find that hormonal fluctuations will affect my supply from time to time... but I catch up.

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I hate pumping-but now I miss it as my baby is still refusing all bottles!  I can't believe I used to complain about it-now I don't have a choice and there my nice Medela pump sits.  I guess I should probably start pumping and freeze the milk.  :)

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Ciera, what good news that you were pumping that much.  Now you know you wil be without issue for your next babe.



 



rachel, they do get antibodies throughout your entire breastfeeding relationship.  Anything that your body produces gets passed to your LO, that is why the reccommend through to 2 years if possible.

Thirza - posted on 01/16/2009

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Hi Stephanie! Thanks for your post. I am not sure why supplementing in the evening affects my supply since I first nurse him and then he gets a bottle. He can't do without that bottle now but with or without bottle, he still wants to be nursed again after about three hours. I did buy the No Cry Sleep Solution and we are now trying to implement a sleep plan. We just started so we need to be patient to see any results. Is your son sleeping better at night? I also have been in regular touch with a lactation consultant who also wasn't too keen on me supplementing but also thought that at his age he should be taking longer breaks in between feeding times, so she encouraged me to first nurse and then give him a bottle in the evening to see if it would help. I guess he's also having a growth spurt right now because he often screams after having nursed during the day now also! That's not fun! This afternoon we gave him a bottle and he was so content and happy afterwards...

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Tracy - posted on 01/21/2009

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I breastfed my daughter for the last time yesterday during Barack Obama's inaugural speech!  What a bittersweet moment.  I never, ever thought I'd be sad about stopping.  I planned to BF through her first year but she sleeps all night, every night and because I didn't think to pump, my supply diminished really quickly.



I would say just keep going, appreciate every little moment of feeding her till you aren't producing anymore and don't for a moment feel bad about how it goes!  You are a great mom in part because you care so much and want to make sure everything is as perfect for your little guy.  Nothing is perfect and he has gotten a great start with 5 months of BF!!! :))

Marissa - posted on 01/21/2009

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I'm still going strong!  I got to 10 months with my first and 9 months with my second.  I'm hoping to get closer to the 12 month mark this time around.  I have a pretty demanding work schedule (80+) hours a week so it's been difficult.  I pump as much as I can and have started taking fenugreek to keep up with her demand.  She started on cereal about 4 weeks ago.  I think you should keep going.  Even if its just a morning and evening feeding.  Some breast milk is better than no breast milk!

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2009

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pump in between feedings to keep up the milk flow. you are making your milk slow down. it's all about demand. they aren't producing because you're not keeping up. i will BF until he self weens or 1 yr old but maybe give it to him in a cup. good luck.

Shannon - posted on 01/20/2009

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PJ didn't latch on so I've been pumping every two or three hours with a double pump and sometimes I get 5oz.and sometime double.I have had times of low amounts and tried this all natural liguid in my water.It's called Mothers Love More Milk Plus.I swear by it!I want PJ to have all that he needs so I'm going to try to keep up the pumping for as long as I can stand it.

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 I don't really ENJOY pumping either, but it makes me feel good that I am making my baby healthier each day he nurses.  I think it is much more important than any lunch with friends. 

Eryn - posted on 01/19/2009

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I was exclusively breastfeeding until last week.  I am switching to formula during the day and only bf in the morning and before bed.  My baby sleeps through the night (8-8), so I don't have to worry about that.  I switched because I am going back to work in 2 weeks and I don't want to pump at work.  It was a trade-off- spend 45 minutes during the day pumping at work and get home 45 minutes later or give my baby formula and get home 45 minutes earlier.  I chose the latter and I have to say that I am really happy with my decision.  It feels SO GOOD to have the freedom to go skiing or cycling or climbing or out to lunch with friends during the day and not have to worry about pumping.  I HATE pumping!!  I also really appreciate the morning and evening nursing time with my baby so much more.  She had only breast milk for the first 5 months of her life, which is great.  She just started solids this week and is doing really well with that too.  You have to do what works for  you and keeps you happy.  Personally, I don't draw too much pride from only breastfeeding my baby.  I am glad that she has/had breastmilk, but I am more proud that she is happy and healthy and growing and is full of smiles. :)

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I'll try not to repeat all the other moms on here. just wanted to make a note about the fenugreek - it only works if you are taking the right dose (which is not what is on the bottle). my pediatrician has me on 3 capsules 3 times per day - I just started it about 3 days ago cause I was having supply issues (I work and have to pump, so it's harder to keep my supply up). I have already noticed a dramatic difference. My son seems more satisfied after feedings and is lasting a lot longer between as well. I have noticed that he is a little gassier than usual, but not enough to really upset him.

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Quoting Tegan:

My baby is still exclusively breast fed even though I pump it all and feed it to him. Pumping is a lot more work since I have to do it often to keep up the supply. If I don't keep at 2 - 3 hour intervals, my supply diminishes pretty fast.
Keep up the breast feeding if you can. The AAP and WHO recommend it for AT LEAST one year for a reason.



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I exclusively pump and feed as well! Its hard work isn't it! All the midwives congratulate me for sticking it out this long so i would like to say the same to you! You are Doing a great job!!!

Stephanie - posted on 01/19/2009

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I am still breastfeeding and my baby is almost 5 1/2 months.  My supply started to go down a few weeks ago.  I increased my water intake, drank a glass of milk in the morning and before bed (on the recommendation of a friend) and took the herb Fenugreek for a week.  Now my supply is back up - in fact I am making more than I need sometimes.  I just pumped (I am working and the baby is at daycare) and got 12 oz.  I think I am going to continue to BF until 9 months.  My baby girl is in the 97th percentile for height and 83rd for weight so she is gaining well.  I started giving her rice cereal once a day about a month ago.  Hope this helps!

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I'm hanging in there!  I had a rocky start, but we are doing great now.  Keep us updated on how everything goes for you.  :)

Andrea - posted on 01/18/2009

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The more formula you use, the less milk you make. The opposite is also true. If you let him nurse everytime he needs milk, it'll build back up in no time. Pumping doesn't increase milk production anywhere close to the way a nursing baby does, though it does help. I'm still breastfeeding, and trying to pump too to have extra stored, but it's hard. I suggest doing it as long as you can, AT LEAST one year is the recommendation, but every bit helps, so even if you think you can only do it one more day, that one day counts. Good luck!

Janey - posted on 01/18/2009

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Same challenge - 5 month old and low supply as she had reflux and was taking less.  Things that worked - ACUPUNCTURE - amazing - felt a let down as soon as the needles went in.  Also trying to pump to fool my body into producing.  Plus recommend homeopathic ricinus communis (castor oil plant).  Be careful with it though as too much dries you up. Best to get your doc/homeopath to prescribe a specific amount that will work for you.



 



Hope this helps

Janey - posted on 01/18/2009

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Same challenge - 5 month old and low supply as she had reflux and was taking less.  Things that worked - ACUPUNCTURE - amazing - felt a let down as soon as the needles went in.  Also trying to pump to fool my body into producing.  Plus recommend homeopathic ricinus communis (castor oil plant).  Be careful with it though as too much dries you up. Best to get your doc/homeopath to prescribe a specific amount that will work for you.



 



Hope this helps

Luciana - posted on 01/17/2009

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My baby has 5.2 months and still BF. I started introducing papaya, banana and rice cereal when she was 4.5months and now, even after she eats a bowl of papaya+banana+rice cereal she still wants the breast.
I am pumping everytime she is taking the bottle at the day care (twice a day) and I still BF her at 6:30am, 12:30pm, 6:30pm, 9:30pm and then again 11:30pm before she goes to bed.
However, I will start introducing veggies today in the afternoon and see if by 6-7months she skips the mid-morning and mid-afternoon bottles (I will still pump on these times).

Sara - posted on 01/17/2009

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My son is 5 1/2 months and I'm still breastfeeding. I was doing the breastfeeding and formula, but I cut out the formula so he's hungry more and eats more frequently. Thats helped me. I do pumom also. hang in there... you are almost at the 6 month mark

User - posted on 01/17/2009

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I always knew when my first was going thru a growth spurt- she wouldn't poop for days! LOL It was wonderful! ;) 

Heather - posted on 01/17/2009

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i am still pumping for Jacob.  He had to be switched to exclusively being bottle fed when i went back to work at 9 weeks.  But i do only give him the breast milk and we are now givign him his juice, cereal, and veggies right now.  So that helps...but you are right about pumping more often to boost your milk supply.  When jacob goes through his growth spurts i will go for like 3 days in a row with pumping every 2-3 hours because he will run out of milk otherwise.  Right now i am pumping 6 times a day and getting at least 24 oz. 

Rachel - posted on 01/16/2009

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okay...i understand.....it is just most important in the beginning because their systems are so vulnerable.....my misunderstanding.....thank u sooo much! I am a new mommy so although i have learned alot I am thankful for any new information i can get from more experienced mommies



thanks again

Rachel - posted on 01/16/2009

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Quoting Katie:



TO HELP YOUR SUPPLY:






you must up your water intake, you can take a supplement called FENUGREEK.  This can cause gas so make sure you watch for that.  eat OATMEAL, that is the main ingredient in the lactation cookie, I think.






ABOUT HAVING A LOW SUPPLY:






It is very common around now for moms to get worried that they have a low supply.  I was very worked up with my son and taking a ton of fenugreek, all before I realized that I was still producing just fine.  It is just that at this time (or earlier for some) you body regulates itself and you stop feeling so full.  There is still PLENTY of milk in there.  Trust me.  (in most cases).  If baby is pooping and peeing and not fussing like they are starving, I am SURE you are producing plenty.






 






A few other people have said what I was going to say otherwise, so I will stop at that, I don't want to beat a dead horse.






As for me, I nursed my son until he was 15 months (when I became prego and lost my supply) and plan to nurse Ellie until she is 12 months.  I may nurse through that flu season so... maybe 18 months, but probably not.  I have been pregnant or nursing since Feb of 06.  I am ready to be me again.





I spoke with the lactation specialist because my boy was pooping like 1 time every other day and she said when breastfeeding it is even possible for the baby to go a few days without simply becasue there is so little waste with the breastmilk....the baby actually uses up everything as opposed to formula which creates an entirely different monster! :)

Shelly - posted on 01/16/2009

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I'm still hanging in there...I'm not planning on weaning until he's ready.  My daughter weaned herself around 7 months, but my son is still going strong.  Just remember, the more formula you feed, the less you're going to produce.  Besides, any breastmilk is better than none at all.  Good luck!

Ciera - posted on 01/16/2009

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I never could breastfeed Hayden. He was tongue tied when he was born (that means that the skin under his tongue was connected to the tip of his tongue instead of farther back) anyway, he could never suck right, until just recently. I pumped for about 2 1/2 months, and then had to stop. I got painful blisters and clogged ducts everytime I would pump. It was terrible. I went for as long as I possibly could, then went for a couple more weeks on frozen breastmilk (I was getting over 10 oz everytime I pumped!) I eventually weened him to just formula, but he is allergic to the normal stuff and has to be on the soy formula. I wished I could have breastfed him, but I can't argue how nice it is, to just hand him a bottle and let him feed himself!

Rachel - posted on 01/16/2009

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Actually it is not really the anti bodies he gets now taht is more or less in the colostrum u produce in the first few days after birth until your milk comes down.....just thought u may like to know but Congrats on breastfeeding.....it is a beautiful thing!!! I have this shirt for my son that says "I eat @ Mom's" & "Breastmilk, The Real FastFood".......so true!

Rachel - posted on 01/16/2009

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breastfed babies gain slower....if your doctor has not said anything about the growth rate you should be fine as long as the trend is the same.......dont stop!! i freaked out one time thinkng the same thing and called the lactation people and they were like whoa...calm down....basically how they put it is your boobs become more efficient so they dont feel as full....that is why u may think there isnt enough but in addition as long as there is steady weight gain u should be fine......I also found this to help my milk supply increase......skip a feeding and let your boobs get heavy and hard whatever they call it.....then feed ......basicallyonce the baby drains out the majority of the milk.....your boobs will continue to make that much.....i guess if they take smalled amounts out....ur boobs will only make smaller batches.....tricky stuff but dont give up

Gavett31 - posted on 01/16/2009

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I am exclusively bf my daughter, and we are doing great. I have also noticed that the time it takes has gone down, but she seems satisfied, and she is gainging weight. She sleeps between 6-10 hours a night, but it hasn't seemed to affect my supply. My goal is to keep it up at least until she is a year old, but maybe pump longer (maybe until she is 2). Keep at it, and good luck.

Rachel - posted on 01/16/2009

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DONT STOP!!!!!!!!! ......I am a first time mom and I am still breastfeeding at this point.....it is one of the most beautiful experices ever! I wouls say keep going....pump....drink lots of fluid....make him/her feed off you more.....you will make more milk.....my supply was low because I was kinda in the same boat as you....I would basically feed him on the boob from the early evening through the night and his first morning feeding.....now I have actually increased my production a bit so I added a feeding or 2 throughout the day....and he may not get 8 oz but he gets enough to be satisfied and still get the benefits of the breastmilk.....also if it means anything to you....there is also a tea which seems to me to increase the flow as well called "Mother's Milk" and you can usually find it in the health food section of your grocery store or in organic grocery.....also what I found useful was to pump between feedings during the day when he was really just having the formula, fruit and cereal, and then gradually replacing the formula feeding with the breast which seemed to have work.....it is amazing....our boobs are like magic.....KEEP BREASTFEEDING!!! CONGRATS ON CONTINUING THIS FAR BUT DONT GIVE UP!!! :)

Suzanne - posted on 01/16/2009

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I nursed Aiden every 1 to 2 hours for 3 1/ 2 months and it really wore me out...especially since this continued through the night as well. Then I read 'Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old' and it taught me that Aiden was basically snacking all day long instead of taking meals. They said the key to extending the time between feedings was distraction, distraction, distraction. So when it came time for his normal 1-2 hour feeding I would sing to him, or dance around with him...whatever it took to take his mind off food. It worked! First we extended his feedings to every 3 hours, then to every 4 hours...and he would take a lot more at each feeding. It was great and I didn't feel like I was feeding him every time I turned around. But since he still wanted to be fed throughout the night I started feeding him every 3 hours again. He's not sleeping through the night yet but he only needs to be fed twice (every 4 hours) at night which is a lot better than the 4 or more feedings I was doing. Hope that helps some of you out there!  

Leann - posted on 01/16/2009

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I'm still solely breastfeeding and I love it! He seems very interested in food, but for whatever reason, I'm trying to wait til 6 months to start solids. He was over 19 lbs at his 4 month check up, so I know he's not starving! I kinda feel like his dr will be proud of me for only breastfeeding for the first 6 months. Silly, huh?

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Careful hun!  If he is screamin after nursing, go ahead and latch him back on, on the other side.  He was content because he had a fully belly, and that IS so nice, I know :)  You might have to just repeat the nursings.   We went thru this a few days ago- hence my post !  LOL Growth spurts sometimes last a few days to a week.  If you keep letting him nurse, it will increase your supply.



However, you can also take Fenugreek- works great, but watch for fussiness, sometimes that can happen.  Also, google " Lactation Cookies"  They are GREAT and help increase your supply!  And they are sooooo good.  I made some the other day.  



We are sleeping about 5 hours thru the night right now. Still having some trouble getting him to sleep at night.  But I am still reading and like you we are just beginning to implement it.  



Speaking of .. gotta go nurse :)

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I guess you posted while I was typing lol.



 



As long as you are not replacing your feeds with the bottle you should be okay, but you want to be careful...   His constant nursing helps build your supply up so if he is having a growthspurt and you start supplementing your supply might not get the chance to build up. kwim?  As long as you are doing it once a day (and not after every feed) hopefully your supply will kickit up.  I am glad you are speaking with an LC.



 



You might want to try fenugreek and oatmeal and to up your water intake, that will help.



GL.

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Thirza,



My son was like this.  CONSTANTLY nursing.  NEVER sleeping.  It was rough.



 



Getting intouch with his sleep pattern and his signs helped a little, especially with the naps.  At this age, they tend to only be awake for two hours and then are ready to sleep again.  Watch for signs of tiredness....  and get on top of it before it is too late.  When it is too late they typically sleep less. Sleep begets sleep.  The better they nap, the better they sleep at night etc.



 



Despite this, he still didn't sleep at night. And he never did until he was 15 months old.  I am sorry to be a downer.  My daughter now, sleeps like a dream.  IT is sometimes just not what that kid is ready to do... 



 



You DEFINATELY don't want to supplement.  If he is eating, pooping and peeing, address the sleeping, not the food.  IMO.

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Quoting Thirza:



It's good to read your responses. I'm also still breastfeeding, but because my son is quite tiny and still wants to be nursed every 2-3 hours, including at night, our pediatrician suggested giving him some formula in the evening. That hasn't helped at all. I'm just wondering now whether he is really getting enough, though he's gaining weight pretty consistently and is pretty content. He just sleeps very poorly, hardly naps at all during the day and wakes up 2-4 times per night... He sleeps 5 hours at the very most at night, but usually doesn't sleep longer than about 3 hours... That's draining...





Thirza, I am sorry you got such poor advice from your Ped.  He obv. has the childs health in mind, but supplementing will affect your supply.  Honestly, nursing every 2-3 hours is NOT abnormal :)  It might be a little taxing at times, trust me, I know!  My son does the same thing.  



You might try looking at some good sleep books, like the No Cry Sleep Solution.  Also, if you REALLY think you need to supplement, then use an SNS ( google it), a supplemental nursing system.  But quite honestly, I think he is fine.  If you are really concerned about how much he is getting, go see a lactation consultant.  I think you can find a listing on the IBCLC website, but I am not sure.  Otherwise your local hospital should have one.  They would weigh him before and after he eats.  



 



My son naps about an hour at a time, and nurses every 3 hours or so.  He is 15 lbs and about 28 inches long .  Long and skinny.  As long as they are having wet diapers and seem content, they are most likely fine.  Good luck! Keep up the good work!

Thirza - posted on 01/16/2009

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It's good to read your responses. I'm also still breastfeeding, but because my son is quite tiny and still wants to be nursed every 2-3 hours, including at night, our pediatrician suggested giving him some formula in the evening. That hasn't helped at all. I'm just wondering now whether he is really getting enough, though he's gaining weight pretty consistently and is pretty content. He just sleeps very poorly, hardly naps at all during the day and wakes up 2-4 times per night... He sleeps 5 hours at the very most at night, but usually doesn't sleep longer than about 3 hours... That's draining...

Camille - posted on 01/15/2009

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My daughter eats baby food for breakfast and dinner. Then she nurses every 2-5 hours (whenever shes hungry).
If your breastfeeding you won't dry up. Cut back on formula and you'll make more breast milk.
I breastfed my son until he was 18 months with no problem. Usually once in the morning and then before bed.

Sonja - posted on 01/15/2009

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Hello,



I'm experiencing this too. She snacks throughout the day, and then at night and early morning has huge feeds. Keep in mind babies won't starve themselves, and she will cry or let you know if she is hungry. Another way to make sure she is getting enough is to count her wet diapers, as long as she is soaking 8 diapers a day she is getting enough.

Sonja - posted on 01/15/2009

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Hello,



I am breastfeeding my daughter Sophia for as long as I can. The more you nurse him the more milk you will produce, Your body is able to produce milk until the baby stops. Is you goal to breastfeed untill six months, or do you want to continue until he self weans. Have you considered contacting a La Leche League Leader in your area? She will have many ideas that will fit your lifestyle.

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TO HELP YOUR SUPPLY:



you must up your water intake, you can take a supplement called FENUGREEK.  This can cause gas so make sure you watch for that.  eat OATMEAL, that is the main ingredient in the lactation cookie, I think.



ABOUT HAVING A LOW SUPPLY:



It is very common around now for moms to get worried that they have a low supply.  I was very worked up with my son and taking a ton of fenugreek, all before I realized that I was still producing just fine.  It is just that at this time (or earlier for some) you body regulates itself and you stop feeling so full.  There is still PLENTY of milk in there.  Trust me.  (in most cases).  If baby is pooping and peeing and not fussing like they are starving, I am SURE you are producing plenty.



 



A few other people have said what I was going to say otherwise, so I will stop at that, I don't want to beat a dead horse.



As for me, I nursed my son until he was 15 months (when I became prego and lost my supply) and plan to nurse Ellie until she is 12 months.  I may nurse through that flu season so... maybe 18 months, but probably not.  I have been pregnant or nursing since Feb of 06.  I am ready to be me again.

Emily - posted on 01/14/2009

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I started my little guy on Rice Cereal. He is just over five months old. I am still breast feeding, but know that he is requiring more food, so I substitute it with the cereal. Try that. They say to breastfeed first, then feed the cereal. Your baby will love it! I am going to stick with breastfeeding as long as I can. I know it's better for the baby, plus, I have lost all my baby weight and more. I'm loving life! We both win. Good luck

Lorilynne - posted on 01/14/2009

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I'm still going strong with the breastfeeding.  I wanted to exclusively breastfeed until six months but he was so interested in food and he was such a champion nurser that I started introducing cereal and fruits and veggies around christmas.  He's still nursing about six times a day and just like some of the other moms have said, he doesn't nurse as long at each feeding anymore.  He's pretty proficient so he gets what he needs pretty quickly.  Except for the first and last feedings of the day, those he usually draws out, sometimes for up to 45 minutes!  This is my second baby that I'm breastfeeding so I'm having a much easier experience this time.  I plan on going at least a year but if he wants to go longer, I may stick it out but I know that I won't go past 2 years.

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We're still exclusively breastfeeding and will until Miss E weans. We'll start solids when she's showing signs of readiness, which she's totally not.

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I am still exclusively breastfeeding Eva and she is doing really well. If anyone is having supply issues I also suggest drinking a lot of water, eating well, and drinking what is called Mother's Milk tea. You can get it in grocery stores (usually in the organic section) or buy it online. It contains fenugreek and other herbs that promote lactation. It really does help. I drank it when she was born to make sure that I was producing enough. It could have been my imagination but after I drank it, I could feel my breasts get all tingly.

Kirsten - posted on 01/14/2009

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I'm still breast feeding exclusivly but Haidyn will luckily take a bottle of formula if I need to leave her with someone else. I hope to bf her for close to a year but it's making me nervous now that she has teeth ;)

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Yay for everyone still BFing or trying :) It is tough!  And man is it different from kid to kid.  With Bella I had hardly any problems.  But with Wyatt My milk didn't come in until day 5 and we had to supplement because of jaundice ( he was almost in the hospital).  But then I used a SNS when I had to supplement and that helped my supply immensly.  Whenever you supplement with a bottle, that affects your supply. A SNS is a Supplemental Nursing System.  A line that runs from a bottle to your nipple, so they are "nursing" When they get the formula and stimulating you at the same time.  I don't think I would still have a supply if it wasn't for that!  



Those of you that are low, google " Lactation Cookie recipe"  This is the yummiest cookie ever and helps boost your supply.  It is the Whole Oats, Brewers yeast and Flax Seed.  Also eating real oatmeal in the AM helps a lot too.  

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I'm glad to see so much support for breastfeeding. I am planning on bfing until Austen is 1. My supply go down, then I concentrate on my water intake and amazing...it comes back!! When my supply was down I would supplement with 1/2 formula and 1/2 breastmilk, he would not take a full formula bottle. We are on a full menu already, he started eating baby food last month and cereal around Thanksgiving. My doctor told me that if they were eating 5 oz of milk, then give them the equivalent in the mix of food and milk (2 oz vegies, 1 oz fruit, 2 oz milk), whatever adds up!! Austen was born at 7 lbs 12 oz and is not 17.5 lbs!!

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Hi...I am exclusively breastfeeding at the moment...but I had a rough time when my little Ari was 3 months...he got sick and stopped feeding, and then I got sick and my supply dropped heaps. My problem at the time was that Ari could not take a bottle. I went on motillium to boost my supply and pumped 6x a day to get back my supply. I kept persisting with a bottle as well and eventually found a bottle that he would take, so for a while there I was topping him up with one bottle perday (before that I had to cup feed which was just aweful!). The motillium really worked wonders for me...I was on it for at least 4 weeks, but I just couldn't have got my supply back up without it. I am now no longer on the motillium and have stopped giving top up bottles. I haven't started rice cereal yet...but hope to in a few weeks - Ari is five months in a couple of days.

Roslyn - posted on 01/13/2009

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my # 1 piece of advice - WATER, WATER, WATER!!! I fed my daughter exclusively for 8 months and am still going with william (born 23/08) the biggest difference to my supply occurs with the amount of water i drink (makes sense really, there's so much water in the milk) i keep 2 x 2 Litre (i'm in oz, not sure what conversion is) jugs on the kitchen bench and have a drink EVERY time i see them or walk past. makes a huge difference. you're more likely to drink if it's accessible. Stick with it if poss- my daughter had no cold/ flu in her first year and at nearly 2 has only had antibiotics once

Tegan - posted on 01/13/2009

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My baby is still exclusively breast fed even though I pump it all and feed it to him. Pumping is a lot more work since I have to do it often to keep up the supply. If I don't keep at 2 - 3 hour intervals, my supply diminishes pretty fast.
Keep up the breast feeding if you can. The AAP and WHO recommend it for AT LEAST one year for a reason.

Amy - posted on 01/12/2009

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I'm in a similar boat. I nurse first every hour and a half and then offer the bottle he will usually take about 2 or 3 oz after we've nursed. I'm contemplating the same options you are so I am interested to hear some opinions too.



 

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I have a very low supply as well, and have from the beginning. Most of my daughter's diet is formula (and some baby food) but she also nurses every day. I figure even if she's not getting a lot of breastmilk, she's still getting some. She also likes to nurse for comfort, so I will keep going until she no longer wants to nurse- or when I want to stop.

Melody - posted on 01/12/2009

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I notice that my son nurses for a time and then pulls off and fusses too- I read somewhere thatit can be caused by teething- the sucking irritates his tender gums. It's frustrating because I don't think he's done. It also hurts because he usually turns his head while still latched on. My nipples are killing me.

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