Help please!

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Myself and my family just got back from visiting relatives over the holidays. While there I allowed my husband to bottle feed (formula) our 2 and half month old a few times. There were 17 people in the house. 6 of them were children and sleep was hard to come by plus the baby being woke up by the noise every so often. Now I don't seem to be letting down as frequently and when I do it is not as much. I seem to be letting down every 4 hours when my infant wants to eat every 2. I am trying to nurse him now with no formula. WE try every hour and a half to every 2 hours to nurse but I don't let down till the 4th hour mark and by then he is irate and won't latch at all. I have a medela pump in style and try and use it every 2 hours when he is too mad to nurse. What do I do? I need milk more frequently and more of it!


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Louise - posted on 11/30/2010




Keep hydrated and continue to pump. The more pumping the more the milk is likely to come back. I think I would probably express as much as I can and store for the little one but supplement feed when he is hungry as he will only get frustrated.

Lora - posted on 11/30/2010




That's so frustrating :( My first baby and I went through this. Hopefully Christmas will not be a repeat, your milk supply might not survive another holiday :) Continue with the pump and the extra suckling, you're doing great!

Karla - posted on 11/29/2010




Everything you are doing sounds correct. You could also try fenugreek supplements. It is an herb that is in mother's milk tea, but the pills have a lot more fenugreek than the tea. But, you can do both.

It might be a rough few days, but just keep doing what you are doing. And I wouldn't give any more formula if at all possible. Keep up the good work!!

Kelina - posted on 11/29/2010




See if he'll nurse when he's not hungry as well. Babies are much more efficient than breast pumps, and nursing generally works by supply and demand. The more he demands, the more you'll supply. You can also try a supplemental delivery system which will help with the no letdown but he'll be nursing so that will help increase supply. Good luck!

Kate CP - posted on 11/29/2010




Keep pumping, drink plenty of water, and try some mother's milk tea. It may help increase your supply.

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