Nursing Problems..

Shilo - posted on 07/16/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone,

I feel like Im having issues with my baby shes 5 weeks a few days, 11lbs.1 oz as of today..born at 9lbs 110z.

Lately, it feels as though shes never "satisfied" after being nursed. She will go for it, then my let down comes (which is think is overactive..it sprays everywhere..and im worried shes filling up on foremilk, and not hindmilk)

then she really doesnt want to go back to my breast, and only wants her soother..but then 15 mins later ill offer the breast she takes it but, almost immediately after my milk is done letting down ...she is also done and fusses..

i dont know what todo, and am trying to block feed, and try new positions..im on the meds to increase milk supply as thats what i thought it as.. i need help, im not ready to use formula..should i just "top" up..but shes gaining well?

Or is this a thing of sleep..shes not sleeping it seems, and then its this vicious circle, and maybe i think shes hungry casue she over tired and not sleeping .. blah blah..

any advice, other moms deal with this?

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Celeste - posted on 07/17/2012

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Oversupply usually goes hand in hand with forceful letdown. I would continue to do the block feedings!

You're doing great! You're doing better than you think you are! Keep at it!

Shilo - posted on 07/17/2012

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yes i dont think its oversupply, i think its forceful let down. I read the Kellymom info thanks :) She was almost 10lbs at birth, and then dropped to 9 5 then came back again..so she was bigger anyways. I ve been letting my let down first go into a prefold cloth diaper then offering it to her again..and yes she does get irritated at the breast, but mostly when the milk is slow waiting for the next let down!


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Celeste - posted on 07/17/2012

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Honestly I don't think you need any pills for milk production. At 5 weeks, she's already over 11 lbs!! You want to look at one pound average per month and you are over that!

Before you're able to weigh her, you want to look at diapers. I'm guessing your baby is getting enough diapers (because your baby is gaining), your supply is FINE.

Never look at baby's behavior to judge supply.

I'm thinking OALD because of the fussiness, the fact that you spray milk, and the clicking noise. Here's what to look for:
http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supply-w...

Is forceful let-down the problem?

Does your baby do any of these things?

Gag, choke, strangle, gulp, gasp, cough while nursing as though the milk is coming too fast
Pull off the breast often while nursing
Clamp down on the nipple at let-down to slow the flow of milk
Make a clicking sound when nursing
Spit up very often and/or tend to be very gassy
Periodically refuse to nurse
Dislike comfort nursing in general
If some of this sounds familiar to you, you probably have a forceful let-down. This is often associated with too much milk (oversupply). Some mothers notice that the problems with fast letdown or oversupply don’t start until 3-6 weeks of age. Forceful let-down runs the gamut from a minor inconvenience to a major problem, depending upon how severe it is and how it affects the nursing relationship.

If that sounds like you, the above link gives you ideas on how to deal with it..

Shilo - posted on 07/17/2012

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thanks ladies,

I guess its just frustration and not knowing that makes nursing such a challenge at times. Im not sure I have to much milk, since she gets so fussy if the milk isn't there right away while waiting for another let down, so I have stopped block feeding per say. I am offering the same breast if she stops feeding after one let down and then 15 mins later wants to feed again.

I also am going down to 1 pill for my milk production, started this morning..and we'll see what comes from that, and will go off it all together if need be. I havent topped up with formula, but, pumped a bit just in case..a few oz so far we haven't used it :)

Celeste - posted on 07/17/2012

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Yup, Ditto what Sarah said.

Never look at "satisfied".It's normal at this age to want to nurse often. This is good because this helps supply.

I agree, it sounds like you have OALD. How long have you been block feeding? How long are the blocks?

If you have OALD, I would NOT take any meds to increase supply because that can make the OALD worse.

NO, do not top up. Formula at this point, can sabotage supply.

Sarah - posted on 07/17/2012

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You're probably hitting one of many growth spurts. Baby will feed and feed and feed and feed... It can last a couple of days to a week or so. Don't top off w/ formula. The stimulation the baby is giving your body to produce more will only happen if the baby is stimulating (well, you could also pump too). She's gaining weight, so that's a really good indication she's getting enough.

Foremilk/hindmilk: if she's getting just a bunch of foremilk, the poops would be green instead of yellowish. There's more about this on kellymom.com

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