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ok ladies i have been brestfeeding for 9months now bottle feeding as well but she doesnt have much bottle and i feel like im not producing enough please read need your advice

ok as you know i have been brestfeeding for 9months now and also blttle feeding i only bottle feed in the middle of the morning so i know she has had enough of my brestmilk i also give her some bottle in the late afternoon but i MAINLY brestfeed please dont bash i just dont feel like im not producing enough cause they dont feel full or when i try to squeese some out i hardly get any out!!! i get a squert hear and there and drips but personaly i dont think its enough... ok i know you guys are going to say cheack her wet nappys she gets a quiet a bit of them but im still concerned and curious about my brestmilk.. please let me know what you think of my brestmilk i need reashurance and advice please!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:12 PM on Jan. 30, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • after the initial phase, breasts don't feel "full" anymore so that is not an indicator of supply, nor is a pumping output. The only way to tell truly is a wet diaper count

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 10:13 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • If she's having enough wet diapers, you're fine. My breasts haven't felt full since about 4 or 5 months and we're still going strong at 17 months. Don't over think it. If you are truly concerned, ditch the bottles and just nurse. Also, make sure you are nursing BEFORE solids. Solids are dessert.

    Answer by Christina807 at 10:15 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • Well squeezing and pumping are not really good ways to tell if you are producing a lot. And the more you supplement with a bottle the less milk you will actually produce. What you want to do is use your breast milk as much as possible to get your supply up, so nurse her often and you can even pump in between because you will produce what is in demand :)

    Answer by Namaste17 at 10:15 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • Your breast don't HAVE to feel full nor do they HAVE to drip milk in order for you to have enough.

    If she's having enough wet and poopy diapers she's getting enough. That's all there is too it.

    If anything the bottle will REDUCE your milk supply by taking away suckling time from the breast. Less stimulation=less milk.

    It's a very simple science.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:16 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • thankyou soo much ladies

    Comment by Anonymous (original poster) at 10:32 PM on Jan. 30, 2011

  • You can't pump or express as much as baby can get out. Your breasts don't stay in that "crazy milk spray" stage forever, eventually things even out. I'd recommend dropping the bottle, you'll only complicate your situation. Keep breastfeeding her. If she's happy, peeing, ad pooping (remember, BF babies don't necessarily poop daily) she is getting enough. You can add oatmeal to your diet to help pump up your supply. Quit worrying about how much you can express or pump or how full you feel. If baby is happy, baby is well fed.

    Answer by fancyjane at 10:38 AM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • Never look at ANYTHING but wet dipes. Nothing else matters.

    Answer by gdiamante at 11:16 AM on Jan. 31, 2011

  • If her diapers are good, and she's not losing weight, everything is PERFECT. Feel free to stop those bottles if you want to. How your breasts feel, how much you can or cannot pump, being able or unable to squeeze any milk out by hand, none of those things matter AT ALL. Not even a little bit. Relax mama, it seems that everything is just the way you want it to be.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 2:13 PM on Jan. 31, 2011

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