breast feeding

Angel - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my baby is almost 3 months and he acts like he doesnt want to breast feed any more im afraid its not satifying him and he only eats when hes really hungry!!! am i doing something wronge?

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Minnie - posted on 09/02/2009

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Put your baby to your breast whenever he wants it, even if he nursed just half an hour ago and you will make enough milk to meet his needs.

Normal, healthy mammals produce milk that 'satisfies' their young just fine.

Get a soft baby carrier, like a sling, keep him next to your skin, and he'll want to nurse.

Janine - posted on 09/01/2009

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You are not doing anything wrong at all.
Like Sara said, as long as he is gaining weight & hitting his developmental milestones you have nothing to worry about.
How many times a day is he feeding?
Do you have local community/child health centre near you, as they can often refer a lactation consultant in the area, who can help you out also?
Theres also Fenugreek tablets that are just herbal tablets you can get from the chemist or herbal store that are meant to help increase milk supply if you think that might be a problem....Or you can also express in between feeds to get your milk supply up?
Maybe he's going through a growth spurt also?
Or has he started teething, as he could be bit off his food because his gum's are sore?
Oh and also as your hormone levels are changing in your body, that can also change the taste of your milk temporarily, so even that could be the reason?
Its so hard because they can't tell us if something is up...
But if he is happy, smiling at you lots, and putting on weight, I don't think you have too much to worry about, I'm sure you are doing a terrific job! Good Luck!

Jen - posted on 09/01/2009

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You're not doing anything wrong. Like one of the other mother's said it's supply and demand. However, if you think that your supply is diminishing there are teas that you can drink or even oatmeal is supposed to help with milk production. If you need to supplement with formula than you can. I did both from the beginning, but my daughter was mostly breast fed until 6 months when I stopped producing enough and she screamed every feeding until we gave her the bottle.

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As long as he's gaining weight and otherwise seems happy then he's fine. When he's hungry feed him. Breastmilk is supply and demand so if he was wanting more then you would just offer the breast when he acts hungry and your body will make more. My daughter went from emptying both sides to only emptying one side and a little bit of the other at each feeding. She started that around 3 months. If you have questions about breastfeeding, the hospital where you delivered should have a lactation consultant that you can talk to. You DON'T have to quit nursing! :) Babies also can go longer between feedings as they get older. You're not doing anything wrong! Good luck.

TRACY - posted on 09/01/2009

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NO SOME BABIES JUST WANT MORE TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU HAVE CONCERNS BUT I HAVE A 6 MONTH OLD AND HE STOP NURSING AT 3 MONTHS I WASN'T GIVING HIM ENOUGH SO I WENT TO MY DOCTOR AND SHE TOLD ME TO START GIVING HIM ENFAMIL

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