I need healp please

Hope - posted on 02/25/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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She was born at 8IB 6ounces and I only breastfeed her exclusively for 2weeks then I started supplementing with formula. She takes 4.5oz every 4hours at 4months.I have tried drinking lots of water, eating, resting, feeding her every hour, pumping when she is sleeping, mother's milk tea, faregeek tea. I knew she was not getting enough with only breast milk because she was on my breast for hours to the point that I was so soar. I also pumped and realized that she ate more than one pumps worth of milk( I could only get 2.5oz max every 4 to 6hours and as she got older she ate 3.5oz of breast milk per feeding every 2 to 3hours. I stopped breastfeeding her at 3months because I was so discouraged and thought maybe its because I have extra small breast (size A cup) but now I changed my mind and want to breastfeed her exclusively again. My milk has not completely dried off yet I see milk when I press my nipple. Please what can I do to make enough milk for my 4moth old 16pound baby.

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Em - posted on 03/04/2014

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Hi Hope, I have heard similar stories from my friends who ended up feeding their babies formula exclusively. Their babies are strong, smart and healthy. I have exclusively breastfed my baby for 15months and that's because my boy refused any other milk or bottle.

From my experience, letting your baby nurse directly on your breasts, changing one breast to another each time until she is full, and nursing frequently in 24h, and of course resting, eating & drinking plenty will increase milk production. If your nipples are sore, your baby might not be latching properly and I would recommend seeing a breastfeeding consultant (e.g. a maternal health nurse or lactation consultant) or going to a breastfeeding clinic to help with the positioning. I went to a breastfeeding clinic when my son was only a few weeks old, and the techniques shown really helped. My nipples weren't sore anymore and breastfeeding had been a breeze ever since. All the best! You're doing a great job and I'm sure your baby will grow wonderfully.

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