breastfeeding makes me not want more kids..

Alura - posted on 07/28/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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i exclusively breastfed my son for the first three months... close to four months he started having fewer wet diapers got cranky during feedings and didnt sleep through the night.. when i started supplementing with formula he was fine. no one ever believes me when i tell them i have a shortage of milk even though these are signs of low milk supply... i miss the bonding of breastfeeding i loved it now it stresses me out physically and emotionally...... i HATE supplementing with formula i wanna go back to full time breastfeeding.. ive tried everything from warm washcloth to fenugreek...... ive just about thrown in the towel on breastfeeding and im not happy about it. i dont want to do this again.

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Lori - posted on 07/28/2012

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3 months old is a very typical time of worry for a new mom. Babies go through growth spurts and don't seem satisfied after eating, they can be cranky, and a baby who previously was sleeping well may start to wake more often. None of these are signs of a low milk supply.

The one symptom you mention that is a sign of a low milk supply is having fewer wet diapers.

As a Mom... we have to remember that rule number 1 is to Feed Your Baby. If you've had to supplement because of a lowering supply, there may be some things you can do to improve your supply, but first and foremost you need to make sure your baby is getting fed. I know it's hard to not get frustrated when things aren't going as smoothly as we feel they should. But getting frustrated only compounds the problem.

First. For a good full supply of milk, baby has to be able to feed on demand. Not on a schedule. If baby wants to nurse every half hour, let baby nurse every half hour. During growth spurts especially it can seem like baby is attached to you literally ALL day long.

Make sure you're drinking plenty of water, and eating good food. Oatmeal and almonds are particularly good for increasing milk supply.

Many birth control methods contain estrogen which can affect your supply. If you've started a birth control method that contains estrogen, go back to your Dr. and tell him/her that you are breastfeeding and you need something that is estrogen free.

Below is a link from Kelly Mom on a method to be able to increase your supply and be able to stop using formula.

http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/basics/d...

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