Is my baby getting enough breastmilk??? HELP!!

Nikki - posted on 11/24/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hes almost 2 1/2 months old & he doesnt have any teeth yet but frequently after feedings or between boobs, he will bite down with his gums. Could he be teething already? Does that mean hes not hungry anymore? Hes been so strange about his feedings lately, during the night he will sleep 6-9 hours at a time & sometimes during the day he doesnt eat as much as he used to..or so it seems. Sometimes he will eat from both boobs, other times he will only want one or he will eat one & a couple minutes on the other. I'm afraid hes not getting enough to eat....When he eats only from one & he sleeps for a really long time or he empties both boobs & is realy fussy or acts like hes still hungry......that doesnt make any sense to me..it was just starting to make sense, he was eating every 3-4 hours on both boobs & if he had a small feeding he was hungry a lot sooner. Now its all over the place & SO confusing. I dont know what to do! :( Breastfeeding is so hard. Hopefully his peditrician is satified with his weight gain. How many dirty diapers should he be having in a 24 hr period?? My breasts don't look any bigger but is it possible that each of my boobs are making enough for one feeding???

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Ahh - the angst of breastfeeding - we can't tell how much they're getting, and we can' control how much they will eat - and that's actually a good thing.

As long as he's having the 6-8 wet diapers, and is not losing weight, I would not fret. Your baby knows what he needs.

There could be so many other things making him fussy (a growth spurt, teething - my guy had a tooth at 3 months) etc.

Also if he's sleeping 6-9 hours at night - count your blessings! It may not even last sadly (though I hope for you it does!). If he was doing those long stretches throughout the day I might be concerned, but otherwise I always just used the 8-12 feeds / 24 hrs as my comfort measure.

Keep at it, I'm sure you're doing great. If you're still worried, I'd seek out advice from a La Leche League, or lactation consultant or other nursing pro (ex someone who's nursed exclusively for 6 months & continued until 12 months).

Cheering for you,

Jodi - posted on 11/24/2010

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Each breast could EASILY be making enough milk for one feeding!!! If he's getting fussy after nursing off of both breasts, it *could* be because he's getting to much and is getting too full causing fussiness and the need for comfort...and how to breastfed babies like their comfort best? lol From the boob of course! Hence, seeming to want to nurse. Also, your breasts won't necessarily get larger when they start producing more, production is a continual thing, so you might only have 2 or 3 ounces on hand in the breast, but as baby eats that 2-3 oz your body starts making more immediately, so you could produce ,5,6, 7 oz at a feeding with only 2 o3 oz to begin with. Aren't our bodies amazing??? lol Anyways, it could just be a stage as well that he'll outgrow and go right back to his routine feeds! Best of luck! And hang in there, you can do it!!!!

Carolyn - posted on 11/24/2010

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my son from birth, would go 3-5 hours between feeds, but would nurse for over 45 minutes to an hour at a time and be good to go again.

becoming more efficient doesnt mean swallowing faster either, he could be sucking harder, getting more in each swallow !

you can feed him on demand if you like. at that age i put my son on a 3 hour routine. wake up, eat, play, nap, eat, play. and it gradually increased to what is now a 4 hour routine, in the same sequence. really help with getting him to sleep through the night, and be so much happier during the day, made my life super easy too. of course you go with time variances but keep the sequence of events the same. atleast thats what we do and its been great ! also cut out any snacking. if your concerned about how long he is going between feeds, try putting him on a routine, and not letting him sleep more than 2 hours at a time during the day.

also you can do what is called dreamfeeding ( super helpful for sleeping through the night) you litterally feed the baby while it is sleeping and put right back in the crib. when nursing its a bit harder, but if you can pump a bottle and just slip that nipple between the lips and the baby chugs along while sleeping. ( i dreamfeed my son before i got to bed)

its really up to you and what you are comfortable with !

try the book : the baby whisperer solves all your problem , by Tracy Hogg . i love it !!!

Carolyn - posted on 11/24/2010

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that is totally possible !!! he could be going through a bit of a growth spurt, in often case some babies will cluster feed, sleep less etc, and other babies will just chug along normally feeding longer but not more often and sleep more for a few days.

it is totally possible for one breast to feed your baby, and is also a good thing to if he is nursing longer on one side, means he is getting that rich, fatty hindemilk that only comes later in the feed on the same breast! follow your babies cues, feed when he's hungry and when he is satisfied he'll stop.

if he is feeding from both and fussy after, he could be getting too much foremilk which can cause tummy aches.

dont forget , your body regulates itselft naturally to make as much as needed for your baby, without being engorged ( provided you dont skip feedings ) as you progress through nursing.

your baby can also get much better at nursing, meaning it will take less time to feed, or he can suck more out of that one breast .

look for 6-8 wet/dirty diapers a day and he is most likely getting enough. and so long as he is gaining you shouldnt really worry unless your doctors finds a cause for concern.

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Nikki - posted on 11/24/2010

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Should I still feed him on cue if hes taking really long breaks in between feedings? Why does he seem so content for so long in between? Dont breastfed babies eat alot more frequently because breast milk goes right through them?

Nikki - posted on 11/24/2010

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Yeah, I have noticed that if he takes turns on boobs that I'm not engorged unless he sleeps for a really long time. Sometimes he will sleep for 5 or 6 hr at a time during the day & at night the longest he slept was 9 hours & I finally had to wake him up when I woke up! I talked to my sister about it & she was having problems with her son too, he eats really fast only a couple mins on each boob but he empties her out & she also suggested that Matthew is just getting more efficient but I watch how he eats & its not that fast at all...his gulps are a little slower than a second hand on a clock & he will only eat for about 10 - 15 minutes...last night he ate about 1 1/2 boobs then was hungry again like 3 hours later then only ate for 6 minutes on one boob, fell asleep for another 3 hours & would not wake up to finish eating! I started counting his dirty diapers at midnight last night & so far he has had 4 good size dirty diapers also filled with pee & then one small dirty diaper. My sister said that the amount of dirty diapers is the key to knowing if he is getting enough & I think its going good so far....His feeding schedule just doesnt make any sense to me right now. :/

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