any advice on breastfeeding?? is he getting enough and what about my supply how do i bulk it up ??

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Alexis - posted on 03/31/2009

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I nursed both of my kids. I have been told that the child gets at least twice the amount you can pump. About your supply, the more you nurse/pump the more you will get. Its supply and demand!

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depending on the age when they go through a growth spurt they want to eat about every hour. you can buy a baby scales and weigh your baby before and after and you can tell how much the baby is taking. To build your milk supple start pumping and feed your baby more often. Your body will naturally build up a milk supply when it thinks the demand is higher.

Amy - posted on 03/30/2009

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I'm an OB nurse, and have also breastfed both of my children. You can tell that he's getting enough if he has 6 or more wet diapers a day, his urine should be pale yellow and not concentrated, if he has periods where he sleeps, because we all know babies will not sleep if they aren't satisfied, and if he is growing. Don't expect him to be in the 90th percentile, because charts are based on a greater amount of formula fed babies. And it's perfectly fine for them to be smaller than formula babies, I did read that breastfed babies have less likelihood of being obese when they grow up. Every time you nurse, drink an 8 oz glass of water. The best way to get more milk is to let him nurse as often as he wants. Breastfeeding is supply and demand, so the more demand your body gets, the more supply it will make. When I had my son, I was pretty young and unsure of breastfeeding, and he wanted to eat all the time, so I thought I had to give him formula, which was definitely not the thing to do because that only made my milk supply dwindle more. And also remember that things will ebb and flow, for a while you may be nursing him every hour, and then it'll go to every 2 or 3 hours, when he hits a growth spurt, he may go back to every hour to get that milk supply up again. And if you do pump, don't go by the amount that you get out of a pump, babies are way more efficient than machines. Good luck!

Healeygrant - posted on 03/30/2009

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I have breastfed two kids and read numerous books/articles on breastfeeding and I know that if you are wanting to increase your supply, do NOT supplement with formula. Your body produces milk on a supply-demand basis. The more that is used up, the more your body learns to make. This is why the baby eats more often during growth spurts, it stimulates more milk production so that it can keep up with his increased appetite. It can can take a couple of days for this to happen. If you supplement with formula your supply will actually DECREASE because it thinks it doesn't need as much. You can also pump in between feedings to help increase the milk production (either just after a feeding or up to an hour after. Any longer and you won't have enough for the next meal).

How you know if the baby is getting enough milk is by making sure they are urinating enough (wet diapers per day), gaining weight, and nursing 8 or more times per day.

My advice is stick with it if you can, it is so rewarding and good for the baby! Although I know it can really be a pain at times. Also, la leche league offers free phone consultation with a lactation specialist so google it in your area and don't hesitate to call with any questions!

Hope that helps...

Sara - posted on 03/30/2009

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i was nervous and worries too, but what do u think mothers did before bottles and formula were invented? god made us to nurture and feed our children and if he didnt do a good job none of us would be here. i wouldnt worry about making enough it is like many posters already said ur body KNOWS how much to produce but i wouldnt feed more than ur baby wants he/she will let uyou know when they are hungry when you pick tem up and cradle them it is their instinct to go for the nipple even if its covered the way i best found to be effective in timing is i would have him on 1 side for 10 min then switch to the other side for the rest of the time because the baby will suck more vigerously(sorry about the spelling not my forte) when they first start because they are hungry but as they start to get full the slow down a little the one thing i had trouble with was keepin him awake but u just have to learn techniques to basically annoy them to keep them awake i used to lightly scratch the bottom of his little foot whenever he would stop and that worked pretty good for me anyway keep it up it is the best thing for them and dont get discouraged just go with it it is how nature works let your body nd your baby do the thinking not your brain

Carina - posted on 03/30/2009

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As much as supply and demand is supposed to work it just doesn't for some of us!! As long as he is putting on enough weight, and the wet nappies he is getting plenty, but i have found their are natural supplements you can try, and if need be you can get a prescription from the dr called motilium if you really need help with supply. (as I had to!)

Connie - posted on 03/30/2009

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Plenty of wet and dirty diapers are a sure sign baby is getting enough as well as good weight gain. I recently wanted to increase my production to be able to pump and have enough to start stocking up for when I'm out so my husband can still feed our daughter breast milk instead of formula. I was told to pump for 15 minutes after nursing each time, that alone will increase your production (and it really does work) b/c it causes your body to think the baby is still eating and needing more which in turn makes you produce more since your body only produces what your baby needs. Also, the nutrition store GNC carries an herbal tea called "Mother's Milk" that a friend of mine says worked for her. I personally couldn't stomach the taste (kind of a licorice taste) but if you can then maybe try that. Another thing to try as well is drink a Guiness Beer a day. I've been told that the yeast in beer helps with milk production. AND DRINK LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER!!! I think that is the most important!! Good luck and I hope this helps!!

Maria - posted on 03/30/2009

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You could try a lactation tea. There are some herbs like blessed thistle and fenugreek that can help your milk supply. Talk to your local herb/ health food store or check out a book from the library. One that has a recipe for a nursing tea is The Cookbook for Vegetarian and Lactating Mothers.

Jennifer - posted on 03/30/2009

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I tried it and Katelynn could not latch on just make sure your baby is not getting a yellow tent or yellow in his eyes that is one sign they are not getting enough

Terri - posted on 03/30/2009

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You could always try pumping milk to increase production. The rule I heard is breastfeeding is supply and demand, so your body will produce as much as your little one needs.

Sierra - posted on 03/30/2009

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Breastfeeding is supply and demand. the more he feeds the more you will produce.One of my nurses once told me the breast emptys in fifteen minutes do not beleive myths like that your baby knows when its hungry and will feed till its satisfied and you think nothing is coming out but he is still sucking let him that is how your body knows how much to produce by how much your breast is stimulated when he goes thru a growth spurt he may be at the breast for 45 min at a time but mother nature designed it that way if your still worried about not producing enough you could always pump a few times a day between feedings which will in turn make you produce more milk. and make sure that you are relaxed during feedings to that will help with the let down, i loved breastfeedings simply beacuse i got several breaks in the day to cacth my breathe and relax there will always be another day to get that load of laundry done just relax and your baby and your body will do the work.

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Nurse constantly! That is the real way you bulk up! (a pump never gets as much as the baby... I know, I had an issue a while back) Just offer constantly, every hour basically until they make a pattern up. (no one said being a mom was convenient or easy....) Drink alot of water and don't give up nursing! Don't supplement! God didn't give you boobs to only half ass a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol The first few months are the hardest, most time consuming, painful and difficult. Just keep at it girl!!!

Courtney - posted on 03/30/2009

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My Mother in law is a lactation consultant, and she says that if your little one is having plenty of wet and dirty diapers, then they are getting enough--and just feeding your little one will increase your milk supply-most of your milk is produced while they eat...if you think you need to make more milk, feed him more. My little girl gets TONS of milk, but when I pump I'm lucky if I can get 2 oz in one sitting w/ a super good pump-so don't worry about that. Good luck!!

Michelle - posted on 03/30/2009

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Just to clarify, I meant to say that breastfed babies being smaller is healthy.  People used to think that formula was better for babie because it made them fatter, but we now know this isn't true.

Cindi - posted on 03/30/2009

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The only real way to know if he is getting enough is if he is gaining weight.  If he is happy and sleeping pretty good then he is probably getting enough.  Drink tons of water will help your supply, also eating oatmeal will help.  You can also get fenugreek. Also check out kellymom.com lots of good info there.  The one forsure way to increase supply is either nurse nurse and nurse some more or pump every 3 to 4 hours.

Michelle - posted on 03/30/2009

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The best thing you can do is not worry.  Some babies seem to eat all the time, but that's OKAY!  It may be a bit frustrating, but it's more about your baby's preferences than about whether you have enough milk.  Drink plenty of water and eat good, healthy foods, feed your baby whenever he is hungry, and your supply will be fine.  You will KNOW if your baby is not getting enough to eat -- it will be OBVIOUS.  Also, expect your baby to weigh less than the charts say is "normal."  The standard weight charts are based on normal for a bottle-fed baby, and bottle-fed babies are bigger.  That's NOT bad, it's healthy!



You can supplement with formula if you want, but this increases the risk of nipple confusion or your supply decreasing (your body naturally produces milk based on how much your baby eats) and can lead to breastfeeding not succeeding.  So go into it with both eyes open and realize that it is absolutely not necessary.  I have only ever given my babies a bottle when I absolutely couldn't be there to nurse them myself, and I have successfully breastfed five babies (well, number five is 8 months and still nursing!)



I'm not sure why the last poster said you need a breast pump.  I only used one twice, once with my firstborn because I was told it was a must-have and I hated it, and once when my thirdborn was in the NICU and had a feeding tube (and that was only for a couple of hours).  I was never able to pump more than 2 ounces and ended up finding the pump to be a totally unnecessary waste of time.  It might be good for moms who work and want to breastfeed, but I stay home.  Just keep in mind that if you can only get a small amount of milk by pumping, this does NOT mean that your baby is only getting a small amount when he nurses directly.  Babies are much more efficient than breast pumps!!

Erinn - posted on 03/30/2009

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My daughter is ALWAYS eating and seems like no matter how much I feed her she never seems full so i've wondered the same thing myself! All I can say is the same thing I was told.... drink plenty of water!! Also, if your son may not be getting enough milk, you might wanna consider supplementing with some formula! I tried that with my daughter, although she won't take a bottle, but maybe your son will

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