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Breastfeeding help

My son is a great eater he nurses tell he is asleep but then an hour later he is hungrey again he is only 5 weeks old. What can i do to make him fuller? should i just give him a bottle after nursing? What about fomula will that make him fuller? He also is fussy and i thought it was cuz he is hungrey but idk anymore.


Asked by Lacrisha at 12:20 PM on May. 8, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • If he falls asleep, you might try to wake him up a little and see if he still wants to eat. It's hard to wake a baby up, but he may be falling asleep before he's full. (and who can blame him? It's all nice and warm snuggled up and it smells like mommy! If we had that level of comfort, we'd doze off, too!!)

    Answer by mmmommy0207 at 12:25 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • Keep in mind at this age they still have small tummies so he may eat until he's full and then want more. Could be a growth spurt which would encourage your milk supply to increase. If he's gaining weight, I'd keep nursing on demand. It'll get better.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:22 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • Also, formula will make him fuller b/c it's thicker but is harder to digest so can cuase tummy problems. It will also reduce your milk supply if done regularly. If you just need a break, my pediatrician said it's OK to give formula, just make sure to keep breastfeeding on demand aside form your break. It's the one day won't hurt mentality.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:25 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • I nursed on demand so every 20 minutes.. LOL. As they get to be about 3 months or so you will have a better idea schedule wise what they need,,, every two or three hours. But bitty babies need the boobie more.

    Answer by vsrillo at 12:25 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • They will nurse for every hour or two for the first couple months.....try switching sides or tapping under his chin when he falls asleep. If you give him a bottle or formula this early, you run the risk of him getting either nipple confusion or an upset tummy. You don;'t want to "fill him up", his tummy is still very tiny and can't digest that much. Just nurse him on demand and he will get exactly what he needs. You pretty much have a growth on your boob for the first couple months. enjoy it, it goes by waaaay to fast. =) congratulations mama!

    Answer by calliesmommie at 12:31 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • DO NOT GIVE formula. They nurse every couple hours at first it is normal. Just make sure he is having enough wet and dirty diapers. I would let mine nurse till they fell asleep on one side and then change their diaper to wake them up and put them on the other side. They usually didn't nurse much on the other side, but it was enough to keep them tied over for about 1.5 hours at 5 weeks old.

    Answer by aeneva at 12:52 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • you know what this is patient as your baby gets older he is going to demand less breastmilk..when you least know it, you are going to wish that he will be stuck to your know enjoy your time...dont get frustrated its hard to be a mom specialy a breastfeeding mother what a tought the end is your decision and you will make the best decision for your baby

    Answer by brisa1984 at 1:03 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • it's very normal to wake hourly to eat at that age. Many babies cluster feed (usually at night) before they go for a little longer stretch.
    You may also want to try this.... feed one one side, when he starts to fall asleep burp and change him and put him BACK on the same side... this will let him get the richer fore milk and hopefully keep him full longer. If he is still awake and wants more after that offer the second side. The next feeding offer your other breast first (even if he finished on that side)
    With my son we did one sided feedings and it helped fill him longer than doing both where he was mostly getting foremilk and not much of the fatty stuff.

    Answer by AmiJanell at 1:04 PM on May. 8, 2009

  • This is normal! Hang in there, he will start to spread the feedings out a bit as he gets older! Let him nurse as long as he likes on the first breast before offering the other so that he gets to the fatty hindmilk at the end of the feeding (will make him feel full longer) when he slows down his sucking and/or starts to fall asleep squeeze your breast to get the milk flowing more and get him sucking again.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 2:29 PM on May. 8, 2009

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