M.M. asks from Lakeside, CA on September 29, 2008
I am exclusively breast feeding my 7 week old girl. Feeding every 2 1/2- 3 hours. She has just started sleeping 6-7 hours at night. I'm concerned about feeding her enough during the day. After 10-15 minutes she starts crying and pulls away. We used to feed for 20-30 minutes. Is she telling me she's still hungry and there's nothing left? I'm going through some stress right now, just lost my mom, and trying to get back to work while learning the new mom role. Any suggestions? How much is enough? Maybe its the late summer heat?!
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Thank you for the overwhelming and positive responses! With over 50 answers to my problem, I'm feeling much more confident. It seems that the simplest answer may be the best- we have changed positions, and I am now laying down with my daughter to nurse. She is taking her time, and not pulling away anymore. We are nursing for 30-45 minutes at a time. I took her for her 8 week check-up on Friday, and she's at 11 lbs. 6 oz. So she is definately getting enough milk. Seems as though she was trying to tell me to relax, and take some time for both of us :) Thanks again for the feedback!
L.L. answers from Los Angeles on September 30, 2008
B.B. answers from San Diego on September 30, 2008
Is she pulling away and then arching her back? If so...it might be reflux. That was one of the major symtems with my daughter. I would see a lactation consultant. They are a huge help with BF issues. Good Luck!
S.H. answers from Honolulu on September 29, 2008
Try burping her... maybe there is something that tastes different in her milk (ie: maybe you are eating something that causes gas or makes the milk taste different etc.), maybe the "stress" is secreting things in the milk... (try research this on the web)....I know with exercise, it produces lactic acid and what not and this changes the "taste" of the milk, thereby some babies will refuse the breast after a Mom exercises.
Just make sure she does not get dehydrated...
I would check with the Doctor.
Or perhaps is she sick or anything?
Take care and sorry to hear of your loss .. all the best,
M.S. answers from Los Angeles on September 30, 2008
You're doing great. Stress can sometimes reduce your milk productions, so try not to stress to much. Also try Mother's Milk tea...you can find it at Henry's market or Trader Joes...start with one cup of tea in the morning and this should help...When I was nursing I had the same problem and my lactation consultant recommended this tea and it worked great. Good Luck and God Bless!
C.M. answers from Los Angeles on September 30, 2008
Don't stress! In general as long as you're drinking plenty of water, eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep (now that's a funny one) you should be storing plenty of milk. Your body was made to gage how much your daughter will need. If you're concerned, contact a lactation consultant. In Los Angeles, there's the Pump Station. They've amazing-www.weelicious.com
J.R. answers from San Diego on September 30, 2008
Check out breastfeeding.com very helpful!!!! Call the La Leche League, they saved me:)
C.H. answers from Los Angeles on October 01, 2008
She probably is just pulling off because she needs to be burped....not necessarily anything to do with your milk production..... don't worry almost every mom I know goes through this same concern. She might also just have a little gas, babys have a hard time doing more then one thing at a time...my three month old still pulls off and crys for a burp, fart, or just to check out the light fixtures!!
A.M. answers from Santa Barbara on September 29, 2008
Hi M.. Congratulations on your new little girl! I think the suggestions from the previous post are good, so you should consider those. It is unusual that she would start crying, which certainly suggests discomfort or pain, like needing to burp, thrush, or being too hot/cold. If it is thrush, deal with it ASAP. I dealt with that with my second daughter, and it is NOT something to mess around with.
All that being said, so long as she has regular wet diapers and is gaining weight, she is getting enough to eat. If you have doubt that she is having enough wet diapers or if she seems to be losing weight, take her to the doctor right away. My first daughter would nurse for as long as she could, but my second daughter could get a complete feeding in about 5 minutes!
Are you pumping? If so, you can try giving her a bottle a couple/few times per day so that you can be sure she is getting some quantity of milk. However, sometimes bottles can cause more gas, so if that is what is going on, you should consider that. Mylicon drops work pretty well to help gas discomfort in little ones.
Good luck to you!!! You are doing a wonderful thing by exclusively breast-feeding, and if there is anything else I can offer you for support, let me know!
C.W. answers from Los Angeles on October 04, 2008
One way to know if she's getting enough is if you weigh her. They sell scales for babies, I've seen them at A Mother's Haven, in Encino. Talk to a lactation consultant, or call la Leche league. There is a tea you can drink to increase/ support milk production, by Earth Mama/ Angel Baby called Milkmaid tea. I used to nurse with more frequency and that would always increase my mild supply.
K.K. answers from Los Angeles on September 30, 2008
My daughter did the same and I traced it to the milk I was drinking. I stop all dairy and she went back to feeding well. Just keep offering her the breast. So sorry about your Mom.