3 month old i don't seem to have enough milk any ideas to boost supply?

Erin - posted on 03/19/2012 ( 10 moms have responded )

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He is nursing about every 1 1/2 - 2 hours and he used to nurse 5-10 minutes at a time now he only nurses 5-7 any fuuses when hes done like he is still hungry. i did give him formula once right after as an experiment and he took 1 oz from bottle and was much happier! HELP i don't really want to give up nursing but........... He is my third and i have had problems with milk supply with all of my children in fact this is the longest i have been able to nurse.

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Celeste - posted on 03/19/2012

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Yup, I agree with the previous ladies :)



Don't give him formula. This will mess with supply because milk supply works on supply and demand. When you give him a bottle, your breasts don't get that signal to make more milk, which leads to lowered supply. It's a vicious cycle.



Never look at baby's behavior to judge supply. 3 months is a prime time for a growth spurt, as well. As long as baby is getting 6-8 diapers, no matter content, your supply is fine.

Ania - posted on 03/19/2012

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Your supply is fine, your baby is nursing for shorter periods of time because he is an efficient nurser now, don't look at the time, look how many wet diapers he is producing. Also fussing might mean anything, growth spurt or just bad few days. growth spurt is tough on babies there are a lot of changes in the brain and body. When he fusses just comfrot him I was usually offering more boob or just closeness... You also have to understnd one thing...supply issues are mostly created by getting the wrong information. As long as you are feeding on demand which means whenever your baby wants sometimes it is every 1.5-2 sometimes it is every 45 minitues for few days and your baby is producing at least 6-8 wet, soiled diapers a day your supply is great. this is the normal course of breastfeeding. Do not doubt your bodie's ability, you are doing great and babies are not machines, they have better and worse days. If you want to exclusively BF and not create supply issues do not introduce formula.

look at the diaper output for now. good luck

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Celeste - posted on 03/19/2012

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As long as he's having enough diapers, then he's probably fine nursing 5-10 min!

Rose - posted on 03/19/2012

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I agree with ania but if ur so worried u should drink lots of water and eat well if u do not eat then this will surely affect ur supply keep offering the breast n maybe even the other also u should def burb him let him burb at least oncr before u think hes had enougj

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Erin, post your question on the face book site called the leaky boob. It is a support site for breast feeding mothers that is wonderful. Good job for getting as far as you have!

Lori - posted on 03/19/2012

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3 months seems to be a very difficult time for most breastfeeding moms. Your baby is likely going through a growth spurt, and your body is likely finally getting used to breastfeeding, so you're not feeling engorged as you were for the first months. That gives many of us moms the mistaken idea that we are not producing enough milk for our LO's. I know i went through this with my 1st. Thankfully I had the support of a great IBCLC who told me I was doing great, and to just keep offering to breastfeed even if that meant baby was attached for 30 out of every 60 minutes. I also started pumping once a day at the same time every day to try to increase my milk supply. Sure enough within a few days of pumping I started getting more and more milk. Even expecting this 3 month growth spurt and decreased feeling of fullness with my 2nd one, I was worried again when it happened. I just reminded myself to count wet diapers and I knew she was getting enough.



Please do not offer formula if you want to continue breastfeeding. It will decrease your supply, and it's very very difficult to catch back up.

Rebekah - posted on 03/19/2012

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Although I did the same thing (offered a little formula), I certainly agree with the other posters... The more you supplement (even with a bottle of breastmilk) the less you will make and the lower your supply will get.

Rebekah - posted on 03/19/2012

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My current baby (5 months old now) had a major growth spurt around 3 months too. I offered him formula mixed with breast-milk in a bottle one night AFTER a feeding and he drank an additional 4 ounces! It was a crazy week, but when the growth spurt was over, I had so much milk I was leaking everywhere! So my guess is that it's probably just a growth spurt too.



Are you able to pump at all? Sometimes pumping after a feeding (even if nothing is coming out) can help to increase your supply. Right now I pump every morning (when my supply is higher) and then offer my son a bottle of breastmilk in the evening (when my supply is naturally lower)... if/when I feel he needs it.



Other suggestions: Mother's Milk tea. I started drinking it around that time (3 months) and I do notice an increase in my supply when I drink it. I also started eating/drinking a tsp of coconut oil every day and that seems to help my milk satisfy my son longer. And of course... drink, drink, drink. Good luck to you!

Danielle - posted on 03/19/2012

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you seem to be going through a growth sprut. just keep nursing, your supply should be fine as long as you are nursing him when he wants to. Its hard but you can do this. :)

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