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what to do if i breastfeed and during every feeding, my baby doesnt seem full?

i have a i month old baby and i m breastfeeding exclusively. however, every feeding either he falls asleep while nursing or after some time and after switching him from breast to breast, he still seems hungry. if i have to supplement with formula for him to receive enough milk what is the best type of formula to supplement with breastmilk. help!

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sweets732000

Asked by sweets732000 at 10:23 PM on Jan. 11, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Wake him up and get his belly full
    admckenzie

    Answer by admckenzie at 10:25 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • most b/f babies dont seem full and it seems like thats all you do is feed them all day/night lol i would talk to your pedi tho or maybe a b/f consualant and see what they say .most of the ime they are gettin enough to eat and if he is falling alseep then most likely he is full .
    britme1027

    Answer by britme1027 at 10:26 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • My son was always like this but especially the first 3 months he was so fat and had so many wet diapers i and no on else was even close to concerned. Go by his weight and diaper output. Some babies are just piggy eaters, my son still is and always was whether it be food, breastmilk, formula even milk and water that hes older. Also on a more serious not at one month old they are still getting your supply up as much as possible this is why nursing on demand is best.
    Crystal8327

    Answer by Crystal8327 at 10:34 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • thanks for the quick response. he falls asleep sometime but other times he just cry while nursing as if he is not gettn any milk. also when i pump, i m only able to pump 2-3 oz. that is not enough for one feeding. help! i m debating whether to add formla to his feedings via a bottle but not sure what kind is the best,
    sweets732000

    Comment by sweets732000 (original poster) at 10:35 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • do not supplement this early on you will ruin your supply every ounce of formula fed is an ounce of your milk lost because he will nurse less signaling you to make less. Only supplement if he does not gain or have good diapers.
    Crystal8327

    Answer by Crystal8327 at 10:36 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • 2-3 ounce is normal for one pumping session. You should really speak to an expert on this and they should of explained what is normal at your hospital. At his age he would only be taking 3 ounces at a time if on formula or breastmilk but average output is about 2-3 ounces and you make more milk than you could possibly pump anyway. WHen i was working i was pumping 3 ounces every few hrs and it was enough milk for my son for the next day
    Crystal8327

    Answer by Crystal8327 at 10:38 PM on Jan. 11, 2011

  • If you don't think that your baby is getting enough from breastfeeding, I would contact the child's doctor and see what they recommend. That's the thing about breastfeeding though, you never know how much your child is actually getting. You could try increasing your fluid intake and see if it helps produce more, that way you could use the breast-pump. You could pump and put it into bottles and that way you can see how much he's getting.
    amessageofhope

    Answer by amessageofhope at 12:51 AM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • At that age they eat often and don't always seem full. How are diapers? 6-8 wet or poopy diapers means your baby is getting plenty. That is the BEST way to tell if your baby is getting enough.

    Join the Breastfeeding Moms group. :o) Lots of answers there!
    prdill08

    Answer by prdill08 at 2:43 AM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • Here is some good information. http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/
    prdill08

    Answer by prdill08 at 2:45 AM on Jan. 12, 2011

  • If baby still seems hungry just nurse again. Really. It's the best way to increase supply. Supplementation, if that is what you WANT to do, is fine, but know that it can cause supply problems. Nursing on demand, as long as you are changing 6-8 diapers in 24hr period, and baby is gaining, nothing else is necessary.
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 9:33 AM on Jan. 12, 2011

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