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Breastfeeding issues

I don't think i am making enough milk. my week old son will nurse every hour for over 20 mins, sometimes on both sides, and then in another hour he wakes up and we do it all over again...... I feel like i am doing something wrong..... i tried giving him some formula too, and it does help, he don't eat again for almost 3 hours, but every time he has the formula he pukes.... i don't know what to do. he goes to the doctor on monday, and i am going to ask her then, but i was hoping that maybe someone here could maybe help too, or should i call tomorrow, as she does have saturday hours


Asked by sianniona at 10:34 PM on Jun. 24, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • He is only a week so you may not be making that much yet but the more he eats the more you will make. It is supply and demand. If you give him formula it will take longer for your supply to build up. What you are doing sounds great, just keep nursing him and eventually, i a couple of weeks, he should start going longer in between feedings.

    Answer by JamieLK at 10:38 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • Don't give him formula! That's one of the most common mistakes new breastfeeding moms sometimes make. The more he nurses, the more you will produce. At a week old, nursing every hour for 20, 30 or even 40 minutes isn't that uncommon! Sometimes in the first couple of weeks it feels like all you do is nurse - I remember! You can ask your dr, and you should, but as long as your son is having 6-8 diapers per day, you are producing enough and he is getting enough. Shortly, as you and he both get the hang of the breastfeeding thing, the sessions will get shorter and the time between them longer - hang in there!

    Answer by missanc at 10:39 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • If he is vomiting after formula it could be a milk sensitivity. It is perfectly normal for newborns to nurse more frequently in the first weeks. Check that his latch is deep enough that could be causing your let down to be slow and every time you give him formula you are sabotaging your efforts to build your milk supply. Refrain from giving formula instead try getting a breast pump and pumping for him. It will allow you to gauge your milk production and allow someone to give you a break. It might be more worthwhile to contact a lactician consultant for the nursing issues, but talk to your ped about the formula.

    Answer by amandajoy21 at 10:40 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • He's building up your supply - keep putting him at your breast - as long as he has enough wet diapers a day, he is getting enough milk! It's scary, but you can do it!!!

    Answer by tangleballlover at 10:45 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • with the formula you give him hes throwing you may be feeding him to much you should join the Breastfeeding Group here on CM they are alot of help :)


    Answer by Gen at 11:50 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • if you get a breast pump don't judge how much milk he is getting by how much you pump. babies are much more effective than pumps

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:44 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • Like so many others have said it is totally normal to have a newborn nursing so often! Since this is your first you may still only have colostrum. Which is really really good for your baby but also explains why the baby is nursing so often. With my first it took 5 days after leaving the hospital for my milk to come in. I just kept nursing and kept pumping to stimulate it. As long as he is having 6-8 wet diapers a day you are doing great! As for the latch--if your nipple and part or all of your areola is in his mouth you have him latched correctly. You should see his bottom jaw moving and feel him sucking. When you milk lets down you will feel tingling going down your breast. If you don't feel that yet your milk probably has not come in. Go with your insticts. The baby knows what to do and you were designed to breastfeed!

    Answer by Taterstots3 at 11:18 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • I breastfed for 13 months and never felt the "tingling let down" so don't go by that alone.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:26 PM on Jun. 24, 2011

  • Put him to breast, leave him there. He is supposed to be doing just as he is. Giving formula messes up the system,so dump the formula along with your clocks. Count dipes. 6-8 changes per day.

    Get a copy of "So That's What They're For" by Janet Tamaro. It will help you tremendously.

    Answer by gdiamante at 2:33 PM on Jun. 25, 2011

  • its rough, i have never done this before, so it is all new to me, and i was kinda worried

    Comment by sianniona (original poster) at 10:41 PM on Jun. 24, 2011