nursing issues later in the day

Shannon - posted on 06/19/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My little man is 3 months and for the last month we have been having issues with breast feeding in the late afternoon/evening. He only nurses for 3-5 minutes on each side and refuses to take anymore after that and often cries. I don't know if he is frustrated from not getting enough milk or if it is just the time of day? I have never been a "milk machine" and had to supplement him early on to help with weight gain. We now do a bottle in the mornings so I can pump when my milk supply is at its highest and one at bedtime. I am now having to give him a "snack" bottle after one feeding in the afternoon/evening to satisfy him. Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem. It is so frustrating and I love nursing and don't want to give it up. Thanks!

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Renae - posted on 06/22/2010

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It is VERY common for milk supply to reduce around the end of the day. It is also very common for this to start happening when baby is around 2-4 months. It is likely that he is not getting enough. Talk to your doctor about increasing your supply, or just give him a bottle at night (after he empties both breasts). Lots of women have this same problem.

There are also lots of posts on COM if you do a search about increasing supply.

Amber - posted on 06/21/2010

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Just a note. It is VERY common for babies 3-6months to have a fussy time around dinner time. Don't know why they choose that time but they do. So it is possible that your son is just fussy and not due to any one thing.

Shannon - posted on 06/20/2010

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I am going to continue to nurse and supplement as needed. Maybe my body is having trouble keeping up him as he grows also. I am trying fenugreek as a supplement for myself and also trying to pump a few extra times during the day after he nurses to help increase my milk supply. I have also heard that some babies learn how to suck very efficiently and can empty a breast in 5 minutes. I guess as long as he is happy and gaining weight appropriately, that is all that matters.

Carolee - posted on 06/19/2010

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I would nurse and suppliment at every feeding. At least, that's what I had to do for my son for a while. As he was growing bigger, my milk couldn't keep up. You can still nurse and give formula when he needs it.

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