nursing problems

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-12-2013
nursing problems
Tue, 03-12-2013 - 1:10pm

My sons doctor suggested I supplement feedings with formula after he was born to lower his jaundice level. He is now 6 weeks old and I want to go back to breastfeeding only. I suspect my supply is low because my breast don't feel full like they used too. And now my son has problems nursing. He latches on fine but after about 5 minutes of nursing he screams and rejects the nipple. I know milk is coming out because it shoots out when I squeeze my nipple so I'm not sure why he won't nurse longer and why he refuses to nurse longer than 5 minutes and how I can increase my supply ?

Community Leader
Registered: 06-10-2008
Wed, 03-13-2013 - 3:43pm

Welcome to the board and thanks for stopping by! Would it be ok if I asked a few questions?

- How many times a day are you currently nursing? One side or both?

- Do you ever do breast compressions while you nurse? Do you think he gets frustrated because the flow might be too fast or too flow?

- Do you pump at all? How often? What kind of pump? How much milk do you get?

- How much formula are you currently giving per day? How much expressed breastmilk?

- Did the dr give you any kind of plan to get back to exclusive breastfeeding or give you a referral to see a lactation consultant? Is making an appt with an LC an option for you at all? Have you worked with an LC, La Leche League leader or the like up to this point?

- Are you on any hormonal birth control?

- Do you have any health issues that might affect supply, like PCOS, thyroid issues, anemia, diabetes, hormonal issues or prior breast surgeries?

Take a spin through my questions and we can go from there. Hang in there, sweetie!


iVillage Member
Registered: 12-21-2009
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 8:43pm

I want to share some information with you to get you started and while we wait for answers to the questions Dana posed.

 How do I know my baby is latched correctly:

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Tell us how much formula your baby takes each day and how many times you breastfeed.

It would also be helpful for you to work directly with an LC in your area if you aren’t already. Are you working with an LC?

The best way to get started is to breastfeed your baby as often as possible but certainly at least 8 or more times per 24 hours. Follow each breastfeeding session with double pumping with a high quality pump. Are you pumping already?

Here’s how to wean off the bottles

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Weaning from supplements:,,9w8tjqsd,00.html

Get back to us with answers to the questions and we’ll try to provide more help. Many moms have been able to transition to exclusive breastfeeding from formula supplement. Hang in there.


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