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From: Kristin  (Original Message)Sent: 8/7/2008 8:52 AM
I don't know who can help me with this, but I am getting so frusterated and upset! Logan is an excellent nurser... too good in fact!
 
Today, he has been eating NONSTOP. I have had maybe 20 minute breaks between the times that he is screaming for food. I finally broke down and defrosted one of the bags of breastmilk that I pumped and froze. I gave it to him in his first bottle. He ate 3 1/2 oz. in less than 5 minutes!!! (Minus burping time).
 
That leads me to believe that I am just not making enough milk for him! He has been fussy all day long.
 
I know babies go through growth spurts around 3 weeks (he is 3 weeks and 4 days), but I thought he already went through it on the weekend when he was eating every hour to hour and a half.
 
When I pump, I get about 3 oz. at the most at one time. I am really nervous that he isn't getting as much as he needs! I really really don't want to do formula. Any ideas on how to increase supply? I'm supposed to be pumping 2x a day per the lactation consultant. I haven't got to pump in a couple of days since he has been nursing constantly, but I figured him latching on is just as good for stimulating right?
 
I think I'm going to research Fenugreek a little more, but I might start taking that to help increase.
 
I just feel like I am failing if I can't make enough to feed him!! I am supposed to be everything that he needs right now.. why isn't it working??


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From: MSN NicknamegiggllessSent: 8/7/2008 12:46 PM
I can't help you on this I am sorry.  If your concerned I would  call the pediatrician and ask him/her if its enough.   I couldn't breastfeed my milk was trapped by my cysts. So I don't know.  It does not mean you failed if breast feeding doesn't work out.  Not everyone can do it.
 
If you have to go the formula route to make sure he is getting enough, look into WIC , in your area they will give you checks for formula, so you don't have to pay.  I did it for both Christopher and Shannon. Just tell them you aren't breast feeding to get the maxium amount.  Then breast feed and use the formula to supplement if need be

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From: MSN Nickname-PattyCake-Sent: 8/7/2008 1:14 PM
Noah did that when he was very young, but I was told that if I did 1/2 formula and half breast milk it would fatten him up.  So that's what I did.  I still breastfed him but every so often during the day or night my husband would feed him a half and half bottle.  Seemed to help him.
 
Like Giggs said though, ask your pediatrician if you are concerned. 

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From: MSN Nickname-jujub-Sent: 8/7/2008 1:33 PM
Kristin, are you on WIC? If so, they usually have good lactation consultants who can help you. Also make sure your diet is balanced, and not too low on fat. Sometimes moms are so health-concious they eat too little fat to provide the calories to their milk.

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From: MSN NicknameZelfrieda1Sent: 8/7/2008 1:54 PM
Drink lots of liquids Kristin.
If he's not losing weight - you ARE making enough for him.
 
They go thru those growth spurts every so often. I know mine would be on a schedule to feed them every 3 hours then for a couple of days they wanted to be fed every 30 minutes!!! But then it would subside and they'd go back to the schedule.  Also make sure he wants milk and he's not just using you as a pacifier. Try getting a pacifier if that calms him down he just wants to suckle - if after a few seconds he gets angry then he wants milk!

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From: MSN NicknamegiggllessSent: 8/7/2008 2:17 PM
Oh yeah what Zel said!!

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From: MSN NicknamemisszellSent: 8/7/2008 2:53 PM
i was worried too.....my doc said that as long as she has wet and poopy diapers she's fine.........and not losing weight of course......you should just take him in and weigh him....im sure he's fine though

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From: KristinSent: 8/7/2008 5:19 PM
Thanks for the advice!
 
I looked into WIC right when he was born, but Nick makes over the amount even for a family of 4! The cost of the formula isn't the issue for me.. I know if we needed it we could get it. I would just rather have him get the extra health benefits,know what I mean? Although it would be nice to have access to a free or cheap lactation consultant. They are expensive at the hospital and I don't know if they are covered under our insurance.
 
Patty, that's a good suggestion about the 1/2 ans 1/2 sometimes.. I think I could do that if need be.
 
Juju, I definitely need a better diet. I eat like crap...  I probably have way too much fat lol.
 
Zel, I also know that I need to drink more! I am not drinking enough water I'm sure... Also, thanks for the advice about growth spurts. I'm not sure if he's using me to pacify since he won't take the binky anymore. He just started that a couple of days ago. He had been using the one they gave him in the hospital.. I think it's called a Soothie, or something similar. But lately he just refuses it, and won't stop till my boob is in his mouth lol.
 
As for the diapers.. he is definitely still pooping and peeing tons (usually on us lol!). Rationally, I know that I am more than likely making enough for him, but I guess its just one of those things you worry about more than you should maybe?
 
He seems to be better so far today.. we'll see how it progresses by this evening. I'm wondering if maybe he was just cranky yesterday because he had been "snacking" all day, so when he was actually hungry there wasn't enough there to satisfy him? Who knows..

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From: MSN NicknameLitaBonitaSent: 8/7/2008 5:36 PM
This is a great site. I lived on it when I was breastfeeding.
 

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From: noveliseSent: 8/8/2008 7:39 PM
kristin, i had trouble breastfeeding (and still do to some extent). at the hospital, i was in a lot of pain from a long labor, the c-section, and the breastfeeding. he couldn't latch on very well because my nipples are flat (tmi? :) and the then the nurses would make me feel bad if i didn't feel good and didn't want to nurse at the moment. i figured he could have some formula and still end up breastfeeding when my milk came in, and that is exactly what happened.

the first few weeks or so were tough. it hurt a lot! it has gotten a lot better. and i worried about his weight (still do) because he is supposedly "too small", but then i was a tiny baby, too, and i couldn't gain weight for anything until i was about 27! sometimes he would want to nurse so much and it hurt so bad and i didn't know what to do! now he still nurse every 2 hours sometimes or more, but often it is now every 3 hours and he is even starting to sleep through some of the nights. (he just turned 2 months.)

here are two pictures of him (and one of all of us), but you might have seen them on myspace.



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From: MSN NicknameZelfrieda1Sent: 8/8/2008 7:41 PM
LOL!! I love that first picture of him!!!

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