milk supply issues????

Alura - posted on 05/06/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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my son is two months old now and im starting to have supply issues. if i dont feed him for four hours at most i have 3 1/2 ounces
(i work two days a week i dont starve him for four hours) 0... but hes constantly on my breast and i feel like im not making enough. i know how its supposed to work the more you feed the more comes in but i really dont believe thats the case for me and no one believes me.. i, trying the mothers milk tea and its not working that great.. i dont know what to do i have horrible anxiety's over formula id be devastated if i had to stop breastfeeding.....

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Celeste - posted on 05/07/2012

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None of that means low milk supply. It sounds like your baby could be going through a growth spurt. He wants to nurse often and that will increase your supply.

You DON'T want a full breast. Floppy breast=working breast. A full breast will actually slow down milk production.

It sounds like you're doing a lot better than you think you are! Keep nursing!

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Rose - posted on 05/20/2016

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My LO wasn't getting full supply and was not taking any formula. I tried mother's milk, lactation cookies but nothing helped. A lactation tea healthy nursing tea was the remedy that worked and I was able to breastfeed my LO exclusively.

Rebekah - posted on 05/07/2012

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My kid's pediatrician told me that baby's fussy, in the evening, crying for no real reason, peaks at around 6 weeks. So, if he's fussy in the evening, it's likely a result of him trying to process all of the stimulation from the day and not that he's really hungry (especially if he's rejecting the breast). Sometimes I found that if I stopped throwing my breast in his face that he'd fall asleep and THEN I could offer it when he had calmed down a little.

I do agree with the full breast thing. I've has 3 kids, and I think I'm losing my supply every time (around 2 months) my breasts finally regulate themselves-- you just have to give it some time and trust your body. Full breasts, at least for me, just lead to more pain during breastfeeding and plugged ducts. If you press on, you'll likely learn what your breasts feel like when they are NOT engorged.

Alura - posted on 05/07/2012

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he seems fussy at night before bed he gets really frustrated with my breast. i usually tell by how full my breast feels and they dont feel full at all.....

Celeste - posted on 05/07/2012

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First, how are you determining that you're not making enough? Many times, moms are looking at the wrong things to judge supply. Never judge supply on how often baby is nursing, how breasts feel, how baby is acting or by pump output. The best way to judge supply is by diaper count. If baby is getting 6-8 diapers, he's getting enough.

Catalina - posted on 05/07/2012

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Keep breatfeeding! Stay away from formula!

Does your son seem hungry?
Is he a healthy weight?
After you nurse does he cry for more?

I use to panic that I wasn't making enough milk either, put then my midwife explained that babies drink more than we pump and that our bodies simply make what our babies need. No less and no more. As long as your son is healthy, have faith in your body!

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