Trying to breast feed without having to supplement with formula at 4 weeks!

Sarah - posted on 12/17/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 4 weeks old and my breast milk is still not satisfying him. I'm having to supplement with formula and sometimes he only takes 2 ounces and others 4. Is anyone else having issues with their milk supply? I'm taking fenugreek and have been for over a week but am only seeing an increase of supply sometimes.

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Julienne - posted on 02/26/2012

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I think you all should review the kellymom website on this topic. It definitely is a great resource and will reinforce that the fat content in your diet doesn't affect your babies weight. You need to ensure you are giving your baby opportunities to receive the hindmilk by fully emptying one breast before swapping the the other...



Please review the website



http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/milk/c...



it says anything better than i could articulate.



Good luck.

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Kaija - posted on 07/03/2016

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I have increased my milk supply by using healthy nursing tea. It's an organic way to build supply without any side effects and is very effective.

Shannon - posted on 02/19/2012

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Her post clearly says "increase milk supply" I addressed the concern of the fatty milk...your hind milk will be fatty regardless

Sacha - posted on 02/19/2012

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we aren't talking about not having enough milk, we are talking about the FAT in your milk. Meaning that you need to consume more to get more. I never said that drinking water wasn't helping you produce milk, i said it's not helping to make the MILK FATTY ENOUGH so that the baby can gain weight. That is the point of the convo!! TO GAIN WEIGHT not to INCREASE MILK!

Shannon - posted on 02/19/2012

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Water is the best thing for your body to produce milk with SACHA. Why would your doc tell you to refrain from drinking it. It's te best thing to keep your body hydrated and producing liquids...your milk is designed for your babys needs...All I drink is water since my baby has been born. my milk was not as abundant until I started pumpin after each feeding letting my body know I need more milk and what did it do? created more milk...the fore milk is thin and a minute or two after is hind milk it's the fatty rich milk ...and my 3 month Dd is 15lbs :)

Shannon - posted on 02/19/2012

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Also Sarah make sure baby is on one breast for long enough before switching...the first flow of milk is the fore milk the fatty milk doesn't come until a minute or two after

Sacha - posted on 02/18/2012

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I don't know why you both keep saying drink plenty of water, The point of the post is that the child is not gaining weight. That means a lack of fats and calories in the milk. If you are drinking water all the time you can forget having enough fat in your milk to satisfy a baby and keep them gaining.



I had the same problem and i was told to NOT DRINK WATER and to drink as much Juice and high calorie drinks as possible over the course of the day to make sure that your body has enough calories and fat to transfer over in your milk. That is what i did and my daughter is gaining at a normal rate now without having to supplement at all.

Shannon - posted on 02/18/2012

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Drink plenty of water/fluids. Use a pump to stimulate suckle after you feed LO..your body will produce milk on demand.

Chelsie - posted on 02/16/2012

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Drink water. LOTS AND LOTS of water. Eat fresh fruits and veggies. Your body needs extra liquid to produce.

Sarah - posted on 12/23/2011

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That is really good to hear! I'm going to try eating more and taking this herbal supplement fenugreek and hopefully my breast milk will be enough for him. We shall see what happens on the 4th and hopefully I won't have to supplement anymore.

Sacha - posted on 12/22/2011

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we are in luck... she is up 200 grams in the last week. So i don't have to give her formula. I am so happy that adding a lot more calories to my diet and feeding her 8 times a day seems to be working for us. Also trying to keep her at a constant 37*C body temp helps to make her body keep the fat instead of burning it for heat.

i really hope that you have some good news in 2 weeks and that you can keep the milk supply up!

Sarah - posted on 12/22/2011

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I hope you see a difference too cuz I know I'm hating this formula feedings and so is my son. We have to go back again in 2 weeks so I'm hoping then he has gained enough weight to where we no longer have to supplement. Let me know how it goes.

Sacha - posted on 12/22/2011

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Sarah i know how you feel. My daughters birth weight was measured wrong. And according to her weight 5 days after birth she had lost 500 grams. Which is not usual, especially when she was feeding regularly and had regular stools. So they wanted me to start giving her formula to help her gain more weight faster. Since for her appointment on the 3rd of Jan she is supposed to be back to her "birth" weight. Today my midwife comes to weigh her and see how she is doing. I only managed to give her formula for two feedings, one a day.... and then i couldn't stand to do it anymore because she was so unhappy and bloated that she only cried. So i gave her an extra feeding breastmilk instead and i have pumped myself full with Calories as much as i can in order to make my milk fattier. I really hope that today we see a difference on the scale, or i am going to have to bottle feed as well as b'fing....

if only it was so easy to breastfeed only.......

Sarah - posted on 12/21/2011

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Thank you Sacha. Unfortunately he is not gaining very much weight. In 1 week he only gained 4 ounces so now the Dr wants me to give him 2 ounces of formula/breast milk after every session :( I'm worried my milk will diminish and end up only feeding him formula. I am trying to have enough energy to breast feed and then pump afterwards so I can keep it going. I just want to be strictly breastfeeding.

Sacha - posted on 12/21/2011

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is he really unsastisfied or just in need of sucking to calm down. If he is gainning weght and has regular stools why supplement with formula feedings. The more often that he feeds the more your body will produce.

My daughter is now 2.5 weeks old and she seems to be unsatisfied sometimes after feedings, but it seems to be at the same time of day. And if we carry her around for a while she will eventually fall asleep and go back to being the same as before. She feeds 11 times a day, and sleeps 6 hours at nights, and she has regular stool. So long as she is keeping the weight on and feeding regularly my midwife and doctors are satisfied and don't want me supplementing. If she seems to be very unsatisfied at some point, i usually feed her an extra time. The more she feeds the more your body produces to accommodate.

try increasing your calorie intake a lot... it will make your milk fattier and richer that they will be satisfied with smaller amounts. If you don't eat and drink enough in the day then you won't have anything to give in your milk since your body is taking it all to keep you going.

Drink lots of juice and not water throughout the day, and snack on dried fruits, and nuts (very high in calories) and you should notice a difference in his satisfaction level. Keep feeding him every 2 hours if he doesn't seem to be satisfied.

hope that helps! Good luck!

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