I really don't want to stop BFing...

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Registered: 08-10-2004
I really don't want to stop BFing...
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Wed, 11-11-2009 - 11:28pm
Hi ladies! My baby boy turned 8 months today. My milk supply is just not where it needs to be. Its not that bad. I feel like I should be able to keep going but I just had to give him a bottle and that just broke my heart! He is having plenty of wet diapers and meeting milestones and all but sometimes he seems frustrated at the breast. I am only feeling my let down about half of the time. For instance, tonight: at bedtime, I felt the let down on one side and he nursed until he whined and popped off on both sides. It was probably about 20 minutes total, but I don't know if he was actually getting milk that whole time. So anyway, I didn't feel like he was satisfied but I went ahead and put him to bed. He woke up about an hour later so I went up to feed him. I felt milk let down on one side just a little but went ahead and nursed him on both sides. But he seemed frustrated and started whining so I ended up making him a 6 oz bottle. He probably took about 5 oz. This is probably only the 2nd time I've had to do this so I wanted to catch it as early as possible and get some advice from you girls. I am a SAHM so he only rarely gets bottles at all; they are Nuby and we are still using the slow flow nipples. I have been taking 2 or 3 Fenugreek 3 times a day. How much is the max I can take of that? *sigh* My goal is one yr and I'm so close and it will just break my heart if I have to stop bfing now!!! I am trying to drink water but honestly I could do better. So, thats about it. What do you think?
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Thu, 11-12-2009 - 1:25am

It's important to note that the feel of the breast, the behavior of your baby, the frequency of nursing, the sensation of let-down, or the amount you pump are not valid ways to determine if you have enough milk for your baby.



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Registered: 08-10-2004
Thu, 11-12-2009 - 4:05pm
Thank you for your thorough response! Its so funny b/c after I posted that I found that website and read everything you posted from it!! Lol Aidan IS getting solids. He gets cereal and a fruit mixed together in the morning and a stage2 jar of food in the evening. He's been on that schedule for a while now so I was actually wondering if I should add lunch. I have never really heard of an 8 month old not on some sort of solids. So, I hope you don't think that will be a problem with me continuing to BF!
I know what you said about some ladied never feeling the let down sensation, but the problem is I always have. And when I don't feel it, he never really gets that good swallowing sound going, KWIM?
Aidan nurses about every 3 hours. If I have a good let down, he will be done in about 10 minutes, but if not, it could be as long as 20. He has always been a super fast nurser.
How much is the max you can take of the fenugreek?
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Thu, 11-12-2009 - 10:23pm

NAK



"It is normal for let-down not to feel as strong as your baby gets older. Some mothers never feel let-down, and some stop feeling the let-down sensation as time goes by. This does not necessarily indicate that let-down is not taking place"


Not feeling letdown is not necessarily an indication that there is a problem with supply.



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Registered: 11-03-2008
Fri, 11-13-2009 - 11:40am

Hello!


The ladies in the pp's gave you tons of great information:) I just wanted to share with you that as my DD got older, I no longer felt a letdown (I always had previously). She is now 15 months old and every so often I feel a letdown, but not often. I also waited until she was 7 months to give her any solids and was only feeding her once a day, a few tbsp. until she was quit a bit older. I also nursed her before I fed her any solids. Breastmilk is primary source of nutrition and I didn't want to compromise my supply with her being filled with other foods, as they didn't add much for nutrition, so I made sure that she nursed as much and as often as before.


Just my two cents:)


Kari