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Old 01-14-2011, 06:37 AM   #1
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I gave DS a bottle last night

DS (3.5 months) has always been pretty fussy in the evening. In the past week my DS has been cutting 2 teeth and I had strep throat over the weekend so he was laying with me a lot. Monday I put his amber necklace around his ankle and tuesday and wednesday he was an ANGEL child. Yesterday morning I fed him about 6:45 and he didn't need fed again until 11 and he was just happy and content in his swing, bumbo, etc. until then.

Then he was fine until 3:30 or 4 when I fed him again.

Then... He doesn't stop fussing until 9pm when I discovered his tummy was GROWLING (I had JUST finished feeding him AGAIN as he was feeding on and off that whole time). I had bottles from when I had to leave him at my sisters for a few hours and so I got one and he GULPED down 5oz

Then he was wide awake so I put him in his swing and he was HAPPY... Giggling at nothing, smiling, and having a good old time. Then at 10 he nursed AGAIN for about 15 mins and fell asleep. He slept pretty well last night too (fed him like once or twice) compared to how he has been sleeping (on the breast all night)

What am I doing wrong? I'm drinking enough, I NEVER had this problem with ODS--he was EBF until like 6-7 months old. DS is nursing enough and pacifying enough to keep my milk going and my milk SHOULD be able to keep up with him. Obviously my breasts aren't doing something right. I truly believe this has been the majority of his problems since he was about a month old--he's been hungry this whole time and I just didn't know it


Why is this happening?

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Old 01-14-2011, 06:47 AM   #2
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Re: I gave DS a bottle last night

I suggest feeding every 2 hours during the day. Going 4 hours at that age is a long time. Your body will make more milk if you ask it to. You are doing the best for your baby! Keep it up
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:01 AM   #3
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I suggest feeding every 2 hours during the day. Going 4 hours at that age is a long time. Your body will make more milk if you ask it to. You are doing the best for your baby! Keep it up
Yes! I was thinking the same thing. Just because he CAN go that long between feedings doesn't mean I would do it. i'd definately feed him more often at least for a few weeks. By then your body will have started making enough milk to feed him every 2 hours, and you can drop back to every 3 or 4. Then he'll still be getting the same extra milk. Greazt job!
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Re: I gave DS a bottle last night

I basically just feed on demand... Usually it's every 3 hours but sometimes up to 5. On demand never failed with ODS. But you're right, the more often I nurse the more I'll make. Thanks for the advice momma.
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:55 AM   #5
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Re: I gave DS a bottle last night

I'll follow along and say to feeding him a bit more often too.

Also, you should check out the kellymom.com milk calculator. My son always got bottles that were 4 oz- up until he was a year old (we started solids around 7 months).
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Re: I gave DS a bottle last night

growth spurts, developmental leaps - babies needs change all the time, and I've found that what worked last week for nursing may not work this week because she has a cold, or she's eating more food, or whatever. My 8 mo dd rarely takes more than 4 ou breastmilk in a feeding, but when she was around 2 and 4 months she had some periods where she would gobble down a 5 ounce bottle and still act hungry. I'm not sure if it was really hunger, or trying to sooth gas/gerd. Sounds like you're doing a great job and your kiddo's needs are just changing!
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Growth Spurt! I would avoid bottles until this calms down and your supply catches up. Just nurse nurse nurse- and in a few days, things should be leveled out!
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