I think it's time to wean...

Kimberly - posted on 08/15/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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It makes me a little sad, because I don't feel that I'm producing enough for my son to breastfeed. I haven't been exclusively breastfeeding since he was three months old. At that time, I had gotten back on the pill (Micronor) and my milk supply suffered. I got on domperidone and my supply went back up. Ryan has been on a bottle since he was born (so that others could feed him too) so its not a problem getting him onto a bottle. Also, my son is very aggressive at times when he breastfeeds...almost like a shark, clamping down on my nipple and shaking his head side to side...

I'd love to be able to breast feed him still, but with his teething and aggression, I'm not sure how much longer I can. I know that it's not enough for him, since I have to make up a bottle for him sometimes immediately after he's cleaned me out.

To top it off, when I go to the gym, I take a 5-6 ounce bottle of breast milk, plus I always have a ready to feed formula bottle in my diaper bag, which is another 4 ounces. In the hour that I work out, he normally eats both bottles....and I normally breast feed him before we go to the gym... :(

Friday the 13th I got my period again, which has killed my supply yet again. If I have to go through this every month I don't know what I'll do....(My last period was in May for a couple of days)

While I know it's not a waste, since some breast milk is better than none, I'm wondering if I should continue with it or just switch completely to formula (which I have piles of currently...)

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Sadie - posted on 08/18/2010

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Laura, i workout twice a week at the gym and atleast for an hour i dont notice a decrease in my milk production =) just letting you know. cause it may be different with every woman but i was told it could make your milk higher in lactic acid but this is right after working out at that point babys find it less appealing but even vigirous exercising shouldnt significantly affect your milk =)

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Kimberly - posted on 08/21/2010

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Yes he cries and gets frustrated that he can't get more at my breast. Since my period stopped its rarer, thankfully.

Merry - posted on 08/19/2010

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what makes you think he is hungry after? how could you tell? just the fact that he will drink the formula doesnt mean he is hungry, cuz he doesnt need to really suck to get it out, its like dripping into his mouth. is there some sign he is still hungry?

Celeste - posted on 08/18/2010

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The best way to increase your supply is to stop giving formula and increase his nursing, even if he just nursed. Nursing more will increase your supply.

If you give formula, you're not giving your body a chance to increase supply if it's needed.

Please read the above links that were supplied. I think that will address your concerns.

Kimberly - posted on 08/18/2010

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I am nursing him regularily, the problem is that he's almost always hungry after breastfeeding...I have to give him formula after the majority of his feedings...

Camille - posted on 08/18/2010

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Well you could just exclusively breastfeed him for a bit. That will get your supply up. Most of the time when my daughter was little and I thought my supply was down, it was all in my head, and I just neeed to relax. Just settle down to nurse as much as possible, read or watch tv, or take a nap. If you do want to wean him onto formula, make sure you don't do it suddenly, because you might get a clogged milk duct. My friend did this and ended up needing surgery because it got infected to badly. Good luck!



Oh and as a note, my daughter used to do the shark thing when I wasn't leting down fast enough, because she was impatient. Just try to drink a lot of water, that really helps.

Merry - posted on 08/17/2010

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I never feel full either, but there's still milk! Eric nurses 5-6 min some times but that's normal. There are always phases in babies development and never make big decisions with out waiting two weeks to see if it's truly problem. Most times by then it's not an issue any more.

Giving formula is bad for your milk production. It can cause premature weaning, but if you stop with the formula your milk will pick up to what he needs.

He might have a few days of seeming hungry after eating. Don't panic! In a few days your body will pick up on it and make more, but if you give more solids or formula your body will assume it needs to make less!

See the pattern?

Yes he might seem hungry one day but if you stick it out and just let him dry nurse your body will know it needs more next time.

Trust your body! It will come through for your baby.

And, idk if it's a myth or fact but I've heard heavy workouts will cause less milk produced.

Anyone know if this is fact of fiction?

Kimberly - posted on 08/17/2010

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When my little guy was born he nursed every hour then at about 4 months it was every 2 hours or so and continued like that untill I introduced solids and that was when he was 5 1/2 months I started with Veggies first then at 6 months I started fruits, then at 6 1/2 months I started grains, he went from nursing every 2 hours or so to every 3 1/2 hours with solids 3 times a day. I often thought he wasnt getting enough in his earlier months. After speeking with a lactation consulted I was reasured that every thing was fine and Baby was just going through Growth spurts so he May nurse more often during these times. And dont Forget that Breast milk is so easily digested that they often require more frequent feedings.

I would suggest speeking with a lactation consultant before you decide and If your little one is already on solids offer them more often to baby after they have nursed. You can make some yummy home made oatmeal for baby Cook oats in water with home made applesauce and then puree in blender untill smooth, My little man loved this and with the protein found in oats it helped to fill him and give me a 3 hour break from nursing...

I hope you find the answers your looking for and congrats for making it this long.

My little guy is now 2 and still Nurses 3 times a day. I think he just loves the special snuggle time with Mommy....

Good Luck

Sadie - posted on 08/15/2010

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some babies can drain the breast pretty quick! So try introducing pablum (little bit in the bottle, 1/2 a tsp in 5 oz's to get him used of the taste) after BF. my son was the same way then at 6 months we gv him pablum by spoon.
I thought the same thing when my milk started regulating my MCHN told me it was normal =) LoL
Little tip: when he clamps down on ur nipple gently push his head into the breast he cant breathe and bite at the same time. seems kinda mean but it will save your nipples =)
I sincerely hope you keep nursing its what best for baby it also benfits you ..take care

Briana - posted on 08/15/2010

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My son is 5 months and he still nurses every couple hours and the only time I get full anymore is if he sleeps more than 6 hours at night. I'd say it's pretty normal. My son would do the whole "not satisfied" after nursing and I started him on cereal and solids a little early and now he's so much happier and not as cranky after nursing.

Celeste - posted on 08/15/2010

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That's definitely normal. How your breasts feel, how often baby nurses, even the duration of nursing are not indicators of low supply. If he's getting enough diapers, then it really sounds he's doing fine!

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If you do want to continue the best way to get your supply back up is to nurse frequently. The more you supplement the less milk you will make. It's normal for your breasts to not feel as full. It's because your supply has regulated. More info on supply and how to get it back up:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-su...

Celeste - posted on 08/15/2010

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Ahh ok!

Not feeling full is a GOOD thing! This means that your supply has regulated.

So, he's nursing about 6-10 min or so, total? He could be an efficient nurser. One of my twin boys nursed pretty fast and probably didn't nurse more than 10 min. As long as his diaper count is good (you're looking for 6-8 no matter content) your supply is fine!

Kimberly - posted on 08/15/2010

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Oh sorry. He's 5 months old. I suspect that I'm not making enough because I rarely feel full anymore, and he nurses in about 3 minutes on each side. Sometimes afterward he's still hungry.

Celeste - posted on 08/15/2010

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I'm sorry! What's making you think you're not making enough? How's his diaper count? How old is your son? The best way to know if he's getting enough is by diaper count, depending on age. Your period can have a dip in supply but frequent nursing can help build it back up.

For biting, here's a link about how to deal with biting:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/older-baby/bi...

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