i have a few questions to ask abt breastfeeding

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Fit2BMe - posted on 11/10/2012

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Might be that its taking a bit for you to get letdown and she isn't happy waiting for it.

Mary - posted on 11/10/2012

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It is hard to say without more information, but there are a couple of things that could be going on. First, you are more likely to be making more milk with each successive baby, and oversupply and undersupply can mimic each other. What exactly are you seeing that makes you think you don't have enough milk. Her taking a bottle right afterwards does not mean she was actually hungry. The nature of the bottle is that it dumps milk into her mouth, which requires her to swallow, which triggers her sucking reflex, which dumps more milk into her mouth, which repeats the cycle. What you need to be watching for as far as supply is concerned is the number of wet and dirty diapers she has in a day.



If you do have low supply, it could be because you are not eating well enough, or because you are too stressed (with 5 kids!), or some other reason. Try to eat well...lots of fruits of vegetables and a lot of healthy fats and a lot of calories. Try to find a way to relax while nursing. Fenugreek, alfalfa, marshmallow root, and oats (cookies!) are all good ways to increase your supply. Nursing as much as possible will help too.

Fit2BMe - posted on 11/10/2012

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There are a few things you can do to boost your milk supply. If and which you do depend on your circumstances and how hard you want to work at it:

-drink TONS of water

-be sure you're consuming enough calories (this is no time to diet)

-be sure you're eating the right kinds of food

-try a natural supplement (a quick google search should give you the scoop on what's out there)

-be sure you're getting enough rest and aren't stressed

-check baby's latch to be sure its adequate

- pump immediately after feeds

-put the baby on the breast as often as possible to encourage more production

-feed off both breasts if need be (my son had a huge appetite when it came to nursing and often drained both breasts, even tho one breast could produce enough for most babe's.

-pump and examin your milk to see if its fatty enough, or maybe babe is only getting foremilk(?)

-consider if babe is trying to wean and just prefers the bottle, so is sucking for comfort but wants the other stuff (?)

-talk to your doctor about a prescription

-talk to a lactation consultant about other techniques.



Good luck!!

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Fit2BMe - posted on 11/10/2012

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My first born son certainly had those moments. What I did was to take bottles away altogether and make him work for it. It didn't take long for him to realize that this was his only option. He had allergies so we didn't have the luxury of formula, and I wasn't able to pump nearly as much milk as I could provide straight from the breast.

It was certainly a bit frustrating at times though. When I did get let down it would suddenly come fast and nearly choke the poor kid. I confess that sometimes I laughed. Eventually let down either picked up speed or he was just quicker at prompting it because he learned to stick with it. Suspect the latter of the two.

Hope you find an answer that works for you.

Larisa - posted on 11/10/2012

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Yea that could be true cuz she is very impatient and i think she got too used to the bottle

Larisa - posted on 11/10/2012

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Ok i will try that but what she does is she will latch on and start getting the milk and then start crying abt 5 mins. In, i will take my nipple out her mouth and normally u would see milk coming out but i dont see anything and my right breast i dont think has any milk coming out and when she sucks on that one i get extreme pressure and pain. I think im gonna speak to a lactation consultant. Thanks for all ur help!!

Larisa - posted on 11/10/2012

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Thats probably my problem im not eating enough or drinking enough and the baby actually prefers the bottle over me cuz she doesnt have to work to get the milk. Thanks for ur response!

Larisa - posted on 11/10/2012

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I dont seem to be producing enough milk so when i breastfeed, i have to give her a bottle rite after. I breastfed 4 other kids and had no issues and they were exclusivaly breastfed untill they were 1. Idk y this time i wouldnt be making enough.

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