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Old 06-13-2008, 06:06 AM   #1
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He's on all the time!

Ladies, please HELP! He is my 1st and he's 5 weeks old. We had some initial latching struggles early on and have sine conquered those. He lost a little extra weight the first week so we were feeding him every 2 hrs, then we went to on-demand after that. I feel like he's on my breasts all the time. I have probably 1 hour where he's happy and not eating during the day. He does most of his sleeping by dozing after nursing and when I try to transfer him, he cries. Should I be worried that I'm not making enough milk? When I pump, 15 minutes yields a little over an ounce on each side.

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Old 06-13-2008, 06:20 AM   #2
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Totally normal, mama! Newborns' tummies are so tiny and BM is so easily digested, that they nurse very frequently. Also, this is helping to get your supply established. I remember feeling the same way. I know it's hard, but hang in there! Trust me, he won't always want to eat for what seems like always!
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keep up the great work and nurse that baby, it gets better!
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Yep, dd was pretty much the same way. From your pumping output, it sounds like you have plenty of milk! It does get better, I promise!
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Re: He's on all the time!

You can always ask your pedi to check him for reflux. Annabelle would scream holy terror when I popped her off. The milk serves as an antacid.

Just a thought. But otherwise, it does sound like typical newborn behavior. You could get a ring sling so you could do stuff if you wanted.

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Sounds normal to me...this is how we got hooked on a sling with dd#3, I'd never have been able to get anything done if I couldn't do it with her attached. They space feedings out more later, but try to enjoy it, believe it or not, you might miss all that close time.
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totally normal. some babies are "snackers" and will literally be attached to the boob all day. Ive had 3 babies and the first 2 ate on their own schedule, about every 2-3 hours, however, this baby i just had 6 weeks ago snacks all day long. This is a good thing, it triggers your body into making lots of milk to keep up with his demands. Dont worry, he'll eventually develope a schedule the older he gets, you are doing awesome! keep up the good work!
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Re: He's on all the time!

Sounds like it could also be a growth spurt too. I remember it felt like my DD was attached to me 24/7 during those days.
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Mine's 5 months and likes to use me as a human pacifier since birth...lol
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Sounds like it could also be a growth spurt too. I remember it felt like my DD was attached to me 24/7 during those days.
Yeah, 5-6 wks is prime time for a growth spurt. Is he gaining weight well now? Having plenty of wet and poopy diapers? If so, you're more than likely making enough milk. Pumping is rarely a good indicator of what the baby is getting. Babies are much more efficient than the best pump!
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