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confused with breastfeeding

hi i have a 5 week old. she seems to nurse fine for about 2-3 days and then she starts to take small feeds for a couple of days. but other than that she was fine.she usually gave gaps of about 3-4 1/2 hours with an occasional smaller gap. for the last 2 days now she is not able to take long feeds (5 min usually) she leaves the breast either asleep or crying (milk is there). if she fell asleep she will wake up in a few minutes and cry but wont nurse. i think she has tummy ache cause she stops crying when her stomach is pressed. ive tried colic drops but i dont think they have helped that much. she alsways sleep between feeds very well i would put her down and she would wake up usually when it was time to eat again. now she sleeps only in my lap. she still manages to give me the same gap as long as i patted/rocked her. but whatever the gap she still cant feed for a long time. whats wrong and is she getting enought to eat?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:18 AM on Feb. 7, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • First off...4 hours in between feeding for a breastfed baby is a LONG time..breastmilk digests anywhere between 90 min to 2 hours..try offering the breast more, if she doesn't want it fine, but still offer. The only way to tell if the baby is getting enough is if she is having 6-8 wet/dirty diapers in a 24 hour period. Also the quick feeding is also normal since babies become more and more efficient at getting more milk in a shorter period of time. If she seems like she is gassy or upset after eating she maybe having a reaction to something in your diet...dairy is the biggest culprit and you may want to try cutting that out. Also be preparted for the giant growth spurt that occurs at about 6 weeks...she will want to eat ALL the time and will eat for short periods of time (i.e. every 30 min for 5 min) but quite often so that way she can build up your supply.

    Answer by mammacita9 at 2:32 AM on Feb. 7, 2010

  • ya i realised that 4 1/2 hours is long but that was the only way she ate well. since she was gaining weight and making enough wet soiled diapers my doc said its ok to let her sleep. if i wake her up sooner she used to just take a bit and fall back to sleep.
    also i have been drinking the same milk (and the same quantity) since she was born. i dont usually eat any cheese or butter much. i have a bowl or two of yogurt everyday (which again ive been having for a long time).
    could she suddenly start reacting to some food im eating that she was comfortable with earlier?
    also when she would eat for 25-30 minutes (only one breast each time usually) i would experience about 3 letdowns. now when she eats for 5 mintues i experience only one which is why i wonder if she is getting enough

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 AM on Feb. 7, 2010

  • sounds like she is getting ready for her growth spurt which will happen any day now.

    Answer by Roadfamily6now at 3:29 AM on Feb. 7, 2010

  • Sounds like she could be entering a growth spurt.

    Answer by amileegirl at 8:58 AM on Feb. 7, 2010

  • The best way to tell if a baby is getting enough is if the baby is gaining weight. You want your baby to gain at least 4 ounces a week, about a pound a month. I was really surprised that you asked at the end if you have enough milk. Nothing in what you describe sound like you don't have enough milk. Put that concern out of your head. If you didn't have enough she would nurse more and your body would make more.

    During the first 6 weeks or so your breasts grow more milk glands and ducts and your breasts change. They are more efficient at making milk and that could be causing some differences in the way the baby is feeding. The may feel smaller and softer, that's normal. Babies tend to nurse more around this time for the 6 week growth spurt. They are using those new milk glands.

    You want to be feeding 8-12 times a day.

    Answer by Gailll at 9:49 AM on Feb. 7, 2010

  • To the OP...I don't know if it would take a bit if she did develop a sensitivity to dairy in your diet, but I would think it would take a little bit to kick on just like any allergy. Come join the breastfeeding moms group, I know there are a lot of women on there that have had to deal with that so maybe they could give you more info...That is fine if you are letting her sleep :-) sorry I didn't realize that was while she was sleeping. The letdown situation is normal..I actually only felt let downs for about 2 weeks and after that it was just on and off, but I have been successfully bf my daughter for 19 mo. As some other posters mentioned about the growth spurt, I definitely think that is playing a part, but join the group and ask about the dairy...that may give you more info and the ladies there are super knowledgable about everything breastfeeding

    Answer by mammacita9 at 11:49 AM on Feb. 7, 2010

  • Growth spurt. There's a big one at six weeks of age and it's usually preceded with the kind of behavior you're describing. Your daughter is basically telling your body to produce more milk because she's about to need more.

    Answer by eema.gray at 2:07 PM on Feb. 7, 2010

  • It sounds like a growth spurt to me. 3 let downs in one session is a lot! lol. One let down is normal. She sounds like she is gearing up for that growth spurt; cluster feeds are normal, followed by more spaced out ones. DD always only nursed for about 5 minutes on each side and never more than 3 hours apart since when she was born. all babies are different, and yours is still quite young, so in a couple of months your milk cycle and her hungry cycle will regulate, until the next growth spurt, that is LOL

    Answer by threeeunder3 at 12:36 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

  • All this sounds normal. Maybe a little gassiness, but loook for short feeds that are frequent rather than long ones.

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:24 PM on Feb. 8, 2010

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