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Im breastfeeding and my milk doesnt seem to be coming in as much as it was in the begining hes not even getting full anymore even when i feed him off of both breasts. Does this mean my milk supply is diminishing? Do i have to go to formula?

Hes only a little over a month old.

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Asked by sarah_mama at 5:21 PM on Jan. 19, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Your produce more milk then what they drink in the beginning. You will only make how much your child eats. There are some things you can take to help boost your milk supply. Make sure you are drinking enough water also. That will effect how much you are able to produce. You might want to get a little formula in case you are all out and he still needs to eat but it shouldn't be a problem.

    Answer by Shelii at 5:24 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • I just finished a great book called "Nursing Your Baby" by Karen Pryor. You'd love it.

    Breast feeding is a supply and demand thing. The more often you nurse, the more you'll make. He may be having a growth spurt. Your body will make it if you keep nursing him. If you give him a bottle, your body doesn't know that he needs more and slows down. Formula usually causes milk supplies to dry up.

    Have a glass of water each time you nurse.
    It may help to pump in between nursings.

    There is a great breast feeding moms group here! Join it! You'll get cool up dates.

    Answer by ecodani at 5:25 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • You're supposed to lose that full feeling, Sarah. It means your supply is regulated. You don't even have to THINK about formula.

    The ONLY indication of your supply, EVER, is the number of dipes you change. 6-8 poer day means your supply is perfect.

    Please drop by the breastfeeding moms group for more help-...but you are doing WONDERFULLY. Textbook perfect, couldn't be better.

    Answer by gdiamante at 5:28 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • ^^^What she said.
    After the first couple of weeks, my boobs always felt soft, and I always had plenty of milk. I never offered either of my children formula. That's the thing that would actually make you produce less milk.

    Answer by JulieJacobKyle at 5:44 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • How your breasts feel has nothing to do with how much milk you have. After the post partum hormones have stabilized they may feel almost no different than they did before you go pregnant. They may also stop leaking and you might no longer feel a strong let down sensation. If baby is showing signs of getting enough milk then you are making enough milk, period.

    Answer by maggiemom2000 at 7:43 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • The more your baby nurses the more milk you will produce. Right now your baby is probably going through a growth spurt. Your body knows just what to do and will make as much milk as he needs as long as you nurse him on demand. If you start supplementing with formula your body will think you need less milk and then will produce less milk. Keep nursing, stay away from the formula. It'll just sabotage your breastfeeding relationship. :)


    Answer by PhilsBabyMama at 7:45 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

  • Your baby is also in a growth spurt likely. They have insatiable needs to suck to build your supply. It is normal.

    Answer by amileegirl at 8:09 PM on Jan. 19, 2010

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