Questions for 3 week old and nursing

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Just have some questions if anyone wants to help answer.

My son is 3 weeks today, and he has become an "every hour" feeder. It is getting a bit crazy for me. He usually would go 2-3 hrs. He is always wanting to eat, and a bit fussy as well. Do babies go through a growth spurt at 3 weeks? I'm wondering if I ate something to give him gas (being fussy). Why does he want to eat so much?

Do you think my milk supply is less? He'll feed for about 10 mins at a time, the first 5 mins, he's very awake, then tapers off for the last 5. My boobs have stopped feeling so full (which is great), but my nipples are a bit sore just from impropper latch. It's hard for me to get him to open his mouth fully when I latch him on. I'll wait and wait to get the right open mouth, but once my milk starts coming out I just want to get him on. Plus I have to go and move his top lip so it is pulled open, not sucked in.

He is my 3rd baby, but have always had a bit of a hard time with breastfeeding. I lasted til my other 2 were 4 months. I'm just hoping he (or we) get it soon. I'm so tired, and irritable at the moment.

Is there a way to make more milk? Like drinking lots of water? Or staying away from certain foods or drinks? Does drinking coffee lower your milk supply? He's probably getting enough, but just not sure why he wants to nurse so often?

Any feedback would be great.
Thanks.

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Natasha - posted on 10/06/2010

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This is very normal! They go through a period where it seems all they do is nurse. This is important to establish your milk supply. All of the stimulation and contact with baby get that milk production going. I know it can be a little crazy for awhile but it will pass. I would suggest getting a good sling that you can nurse in so you can get things done if needed. There's nothing wrong with just taking it easy though and enjoying the time with your new baby.

Sadie - posted on 10/06/2010

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Sorry to hear that its painful, ive had the same problem my sons lip would go inwards and id have to pull it out. I used to cry during and after every feed and I would NOT look fwd the next feed. I finally got it right though. What baby/or you need to do is:
let some of that milk come out so baby can smell it and if baby is in the cradle hold "sandwhich" the breast from underneath like a "U" wait til baby lifts chin towards breast with open mouth and gently push babys head (while holding the neck) into the breast dont put the breast in babys mouth.
And the only way to make more milk is to have baby feed more often...my son used to feed every hour around 2-4 weeks as well just remember "everything will pass no matter what!" doesnt seem like it but it will! I hope it goes well for you =)

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It doesn't sound like a milk supply issue. It sounds like a growth spurt. You could try nursing in a sling or carrier so that you can still move around and do things. You can try undressing him and/or tickling his feet to try to keep him awake. I used to have to burp and change my daughter between breasts so that she would wake back up to keep eating. Keep nursing on demand, this will pass. In the mean time, you should contact a lactation consultant or La Leche League leader to help you with your latch. http://www.llli.org

Karlie - posted on 10/06/2010

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there is a herbal thing called fenegreek that can up your milk supply. i found with my daughter, she latched wrong too and all i would do is just hold her chin so her mouth was open a bit more before i gave her the breast so she would go on properly. i think caffine in general isnt good while BFing but some people can drink it and be ok and others find it affects their milk. my son fed every hour too when he was born (for the first 8 weeks!) and then i realised he was lactose intolerant because he was fussy alot hardly ever slept and would scream and cry. try not to drink too much citrusy drinks and tomatos and things. currys, spices to see how he goes then

Cheryl - posted on 10/05/2010

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I have an 8 week old daughter who has been exclusively bf. i had this same issue. Common times for growth spurts are during the first few days at home and around 7-10 days, 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks, 3 months, 4 months, 6 months and 9 months (more or less). Babies don't read calendars, however, so your baby may do things differently. I don't think your milk supply is less. I thought that because my daughter would eat for about 10 mins and then fall asleep. She was fussy so I thought she wasn't getting enough milk, My boobs weren't feeling full and i could never get anything out with the pump. But I was still able to hand express milk. Even after no success with pumping when she would nurse i could hear her swallow so i knew it was there. My daughter just stopped sucking her lip in. I just helped pull it out. It takes some time and it gets better. My nipples were sore for about the first month. Now, im feeling so much better.

Drinking lots of water and staying hydrated will help your milk from decreasing. But on demand feedings will help increase your milk. As everyone says "supply and demand" Also, im on birth control and that seemed to help my milk increase. My dr. put me on birth control at 3 weeks.

Since my daughter was born she has gained 5 lbs being exclusively bf. If you are worried he isn't getting enough watch the diapers. And you could always go to your doc just for a weight check. another thing i do is I weigh myself while holding my daughter @ home, then my husband takes her and I weigh myself. and i subtract my weight from the weight while holding her and that's her weight. (approximately)

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