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I had my son 3 1/2 weeks ago and when i first had him i had no problem with producing 2 ounces or so for every feeding. Now i can't seem to get enough for him i produce about 2 ounces every feeding still and he seems to still be way hungry! (he eats about every 2 hours) but sometimes i manage to produce maybe 3 ounces here and there and he eats it all with no problems so how can i produce more milk? i drink plenty of water. i don't want to put him on formula so anything will help out!

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Asked by MoMmYtObEtO1 at 10:18 PM on Feb. 15, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Get a pump and after he is done start pumping! Even if nothing is coming out it's sending a signal to your body that it needs to make more milk and it will if you keep doing this..Pump every time AFTER you're done BFing and keep the pump on for 10 minutes.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:21 PM on Feb. 15, 2009

  • sounds to me like he may be going through a growth spurt. Babies tend to nurse very often and act very hungry when they are growing..he's not starving, he's trying to increase your supply. Areyou pumping and feeding or nursing? A lot of times babies will drink much more from a bottle than the breast because when nursing they can just stop when they're full...a bottle will keep feeding them if they keep sucking. Just nurse whever he's hungry until he wants to stop. 2 or 3 ounces is good for a 3.5 week old baby! Hang in there!

    Answer by AidensMommy608 at 10:21 PM on Feb. 15, 2009

  • How do you know how much you're producing? Are you pumping? Are you able to put him to breast? He's supposed to always be hungry right now...your job is to put him to breast as often as he wants to be there. If you're exclusively pumping, it will be harder to keep up.

    Stop by the Breastfeeding Moms group for more help.

    Answer by gdiamante at 10:29 PM on Feb. 15, 2009

  • I actually started to mostly pump i only breast feeding him a couple times every couple days because he seemed to be eating a lot more/ longer through the bottle. and he also falls asleep after maybe 3-5 min of breastfeeding. but i also stop pumping when there is nothing coming out so im going to try to keep pumping for ten min after.

    Answer by MoMmYtObEtO1 at 10:31 PM on Feb. 15, 2009

  • When i just breastfeed him and didn't pump he only ate for maybe 3-5 min every 3 to 4 hours and that made me really nervous.

    Answer by MoMmYtObEtO1 at 10:35 PM on Feb. 15, 2009

  • Remember....a baby is the best pump you can get. No matter how good your pump is {and I hope you're using a hospital quality double electric} it can not perfectly mimic baby's sucking. Nurse that with his feet or undress him to keep him awake. Of course he's going to eat more out of a keeps dumping down his throat when he's not hungry anymore!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:35 PM on Feb. 15, 2009

  • but he still seems hungry even after the bottle is gone. When he isn't hungry he won't take the bottle. Yes im using a Medela double electric.

    Answer by MoMmYtObEtO1 at 10:40 PM on Feb. 15, 2009

  • Only pumping, and only pumping while milk is coming out, is really going to hurt your supply. You need to try to start putting him back on the breast. Dont look at the clock and feed him every 2 hours or 3 hours, feed him EVERY time he shows any signs of hunger or wanting to suck. If he only eats for 3-5 minutes, try again 20 minutes later, and so on. If he still seems hungry after eating, put him back to the breast until he decides to be done. You really really have to trust your body and stop watching the clock. The more you pump and the more you nurse, the more milk you'll make.

    Keep in mind, a pump is never an indicator of supply! Your baby is MUCH better at getting milk out of your breast than the pump is.

    If you have a hard time getting your baby to latch on since you've been using bottles so much, try using a nipple shield.

    Answer by kate_jocelyn at 11:11 PM on Feb. 15, 2009

  • A pump is NO indicator of milk supply. You baby may be getting just as much in 3-5 minutes as he does from a 2 ounce bottle.

    I honestly think you should just put him to the breast, and nurse him as often as he wants.

    If you still have problems, contact your local LLL for help.

    Answer by Arkaidy at 11:28 PM on Feb. 15, 2009

  • If you are getting 2-3 ounces from a pump - that is a GREAT sign! Babies that little usually only eat around that much in one feeding, and they do eat often bc their little tummies digest BM very quickly. Baby stimulates your milk supply much more efficiently than a pump will, so you should let baby nurse before pumping. If he seems hungry after nursing on one side, switch him to the other. If he's still hungry, switch him back. Switch nursing will help tell your body to keep making more milk. :)

    If you're really worried - check out and use their search tool to find an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Or try to find your local La Leche League. There's some GREAT support out there!

    Answer by MamaSueCongdon at 2:24 AM on Feb. 16, 2009

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