BF Baby hard to satisfy in the evening?

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Registered: 06-17-2007
BF Baby hard to satisfy in the evening?
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 3:29pm

Hi all. My son just turned five months old today. I used to just be able to nurse him and put him to bed, but over the past few weeks, it hasn't been so easy. It seems that I just don't have enough milk at that particular moment to satisfy him, although I know I have plenty overall. Sometimes I might have to nurse for 45-60 minutes before he's satisfied enough to go to bed. Any tips?

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Registered: 08-22-2008
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 3:44pm

My DS used to "power feed" before bedtime. He would nurse 2-3 times 45mins. apart and would be more spaced out during the day. Do you pump any? Using some supply at night might help or you can try adding a little formula. Have you started solids or cereal yet? Maybe its time to...get his belly full?

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Tue, 08-09-2011 - 8:34pm

Five months is prime time for distractible babies.


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Registered: 07-05-2005
Wed, 08-10-2011 - 9:48am
Hi Holly!

Thanks so much for stopping by the board (and how is it possible that your baby is five months old already?!?). The pediatric experts will be by the board soon to answer your questions. Thanks!

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Registered: 07-27-2011
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 12:13pm

I wish I had the perfect answer for you, but I will address a few possibilities and then you can decide which one seems to make sense for your situation.

Has your daytime schedule changed or are you feeling particularly stressed? Have you gone back to work?

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Registered: 10-09-2008
Wed, 01-18-2012 - 10:06pm

My little ds just turned 1 and I already miss those early nursing days!

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Registered: 01-20-2012
Fri, 01-20-2012 - 2:54pm
Cluster feeding! Totally normal, and maybe, just maybe, will help him sleep longer at night?

I actually taught my older son to cluster nurse in the evenings in order to help him sleep a longer stretch at night.

I suspect that SOME cases of "colic" in the evenings are just babies wanting to cluster nurse, but not getting fed because they just fed an hour ago.