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Breastfeeding Advice?

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 9:07 PM
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My son is now 2 weeks old, when I first started feeding him I was so full my boobs were HUGE like torpedos and hard as rocks. Now, not so much. They are soft like pillows and he seems to be feeding a lot more. Could this be becuase I am not producing enough milk? IF I hear him cry or right before I get into the shower I spray everywhere, so I know I have milk in I am just not sure if I have enough.. is this normal?. This is my second kid but I wasn't able to breastfeed my first one, so I am kind of new at this. Any advice?

by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 9:07 PM
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by Gold Member on Nov. 12, 2009 at 9:09 PM

He's just going through a growth spurt. When they go through a growth spurt they nurse like crazy for a few days to get your supply up to where they need it and once it's there they stop nursing like crazy for awhile, well till the next growth spurt. Your milk will start to regulate its self after a bit and your boobs won't feel as full, but they still have plenty of milk in there.

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by Platinum Member on Nov. 12, 2009 at 9:10 PM

How many wet diapers per day?

At 2 weeks old he should be having at least 6-8 wet diapers in a 24 hour period.

Once your supply regulates, there is less engorgment and it's normal to not feel full. As long as you are nursing on demand and he is having wet diapers, nothing else matters : )

Good luck!

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by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 9:11 PM

What you are experiencing is completely normal. You will find that breastfed babies do eat more frequently than babies who are formula fed. 

by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 9:14 PM

Yay growth spurt!!! My baby is 2 1/2 weeks and just finished a growth spurt. For a few days he was nursing every hour for 20-30 mins at a time. My MIL has been here for almost a week and she asked me if I was producing enough since he was nursing so much. She BFed all 3 of her kids so you would think that she would know all about growth spurts.

by on Nov. 12, 2009 at 9:15 PM

Is he eating more often than every 2 hrs?  Usually at that age a breastfed baby will eat 8 - 12 times a day.  I know it's very hard to tell in that first couple weeks if they are getting enough milk but as long as they are peeing and pooping (6- 8 wet diapers) daily than your doing good mama.  Keep up the good work!


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that you're living for the same person you'd die for,
                       My children.

by Silver Member on Nov. 12, 2009 at 11:02 PM

It's normal for them to change... you milk changes with his demands so sometimes you'll feel more soft other times very full.  I took advantage of overproduction and pumped and stored it. As long as he seems satisfied I wouldn't worry at all about how your breasts feel.

by on Nov. 13, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Everything you mentioned is perfectly normal.

Robin in Chicago

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