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If you had trouble with your bf baby not getting enough milk,

what were the signs?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 4:00 PM on May. 31, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (11)
  • The only sign is a decrease in diaper changes. NOTHING ELSE.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 6:37 PM on May. 31, 2010

  • count the diapers... 6-8 wet diapers a day.

    Feed from one side until the baby unlatches, then switch to the other side.

    drink lots of water 64oz a day is recommended.

    If all else fails contact you local La Leche League. or PM me and i will suggest some herbs that may help.
    MomOfDagJag

    Answer by MomOfDagJag at 4:05 PM on May. 31, 2010

  • I didn't have trouble, but the number 1 sign is lack of wet diapers. What goes in must come out!
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 4:06 PM on May. 31, 2010

  • The ONLY sign...ONLY...is not changing enough diapers. One per day of life for the first week. 6-8 per day therafter. That's it., nothing else.

    Normal gain is as low as four ounces a week. If you're getting adeqiuate dipes but not seeing four ounces a week from LOWEST weight, then you need to look at breastfeeding management. Drop by the Breastfeeding Moms group for help with that.

    Pump amounts don't matter. There are women who can nurse twins with not one drop of formula...but who cannot get one drop from even the best pump. Normal pump output is one half ounce to two ounces a session. More is gravy. Baby NEEDS one to 1.25 ounces per hour of separation.

    How your breasts feel doesn't matter. They are factories, with the production line ending at the nipple. If the factory backs up and feels full, that's BAD. You want the full feeling GONE so production can continue.

    To be continued...
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:06 PM on May. 31, 2010

  • Continues...

    Baby's behavior means NOTHING. A fussy unhappy baby is good for supply...it's telling your body toi keep making milk. Being on the breast constantly is also normal and good for supply.

    Happy babies are evil minions of the Teletubbies. **grin**

    Dipes dipes dipes. All you need worry about. 6-8 changes a day. Content of the dipes doesn't matter.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:07 PM on May. 31, 2010

  • these ladies are all correct. count your diapers... if lil one isn't peeing enough, then they aren't getting enough. my other signs were that my baby was CONSTANTLY hungry. always hungry, I could tell the difference between cries and it was always the hungry cry. I finally tried harder, more fluid, fenugreek herb supplement....and my supply is just now getting where it needs to be. we had to supplement formula in there to help him get full though
    Adeline1210

    Answer by Adeline1210 at 4:26 PM on May. 31, 2010

  • Adeline you should add in there you had low diaper count.. not just a "always hungry baby" cause in spurts an "always hungry baby" can be normal.

    Yup. low diaper count is the best way to tell you have a supply issue.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:35 PM on May. 31, 2010

  • Adeline, constantly always hungry is normal. A new baby is harder to satisfy than your mother in law...in fact, I tell new moms to forget
    "satisfied." You'll have an easier time finding the Holy Grail! If you forget looking for satisfied, you usually end up finding that you're actually doing all right.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:56 PM on May. 31, 2010

  • Everyone is wrong! The only real sign is NOT GAINING ENOUGH WEIGHT.


    The problem with diapers is that you can't measure them. It's normal for babies to poop several times a day or once every several days. WEIGHT YOU CAN MEASURE.


    If you are concerned you can take your baby to get weighed, rent scales or buy scales.


    www.kellymom.com is a good breastfeeding web site.

    Gailll

    Answer by Gailll at 8:15 PM on May. 31, 2010

  • Weight gain can slow down and speed up. It's not completely trustworthy. Diaper changes are the MOST accurate way to determine how much baby is getting, and obviously if they LOSE weight, there is a problem. You CAN measure diapers, if you can count to 6. 6-8 changes in a 24 hour period. That's what you need to be changing.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 10:10 AM on Jun. 1, 2010

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