Still appears to be hungry after breastfeeding, not making enough?

Sonia - posted on 05/14/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 3 week old daughter. I had to supplement her on top of breast milk as she lost 11% of body weight. At 2 weeks we were back to birth weight and peds told me to supplement based on hunger cues. So it is like 50/50. She sometimes looks satisfied and sometimes rooting and very fussy that I will end up giving formula after breast feeding. At night she can take 2-3 ounces after feeding. Not sure if her requirements are increased at night. I initially tried not giving her supplement just to see if any other reason of fussiness, but didnt work. When I give her formula she gets satisfied and falls asleep.
My question is will I ever catch up and make enough that I dont need to supplement or it is most likely going to continue. I drink plenty of fluids and not interested in taking herbs. Are there other moms with story like mine? Thanks.

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Celeste - posted on 05/14/2012

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Supplementing is not going to help supply. Especially with 2-3 oz, that is a full feeding. You supplement, and your breasts aren't getting the signal to make more milk. Breastfed babies are supposed to nurse often, that is how you increase your milk. The more you nurse, the more you will make.

Having said that, since you're giving so much supplements, I would not cut it out suddenly. Here's an article about how to cut them out:
http://www.mother-2-mother.com/supplemen...

And ditto about birthweight. In addition to the IV and epidural, if you have a c/s, that can inflate her weight and have more of a weight loss (can be 12% for a c/s)

Never look for satisfied in a newborn. Their job is to nurse nurse nurse nurse (and poop LOL)

Ania - posted on 05/14/2012

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MHM...How many wet diapers was she producing while only on breastmillk? how often did you breastfeed her? At this age they really want to have your breast almost constantly and that also would be good for you and milk production. As for birth weight, if you had an IV and epidural she got some of the fluid that enhanced her weight after she was born so 11% is not a huge number maybe she finally got to the weight she should be at. If it was me I would not supplement, but just constantly breastfeed. Believe me it is normal newborn behavior to constantly suck and never be satisfied

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