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#1 chookpea

Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:28 PM

DS2 is so fast now, I really don't think he is getting enough.  He's 9 months now, and takes 2 mins max, 5 mins in the mornings.  I only hear him taking a few gulps, surely not  enough to fill him up and that's it.
I think my right breast is in its last legs.  I have been expressing to keep my supply up and only a few drops come out.  The left one has a bit more, but it's not exactly overflowing.
Any tips on how else I can increase my supply?  I am feeding as often as I can, but honestly he is only on for such a short time I'm not sure if it's doing anything.  Expressing 40 mins a time and getting a few drops is a bit disheartening too sad.gif

#2 YouAreBeautiful

Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:44 PM

You can try fenugreek it worked for me. Just ask at the health food shop and they will tell you how much to take. Also remember that babies get very efficient at feeding as they get older and a 5 minute feed can give them quite a bit. If your bub is eating solids he will want less as well that may be why your supply has lowered somewhat. Hang in there original.gif I made it to 17 mths but struggled with supply a few times along the way. Also try a warm compress (flannel) on your breast before the feed can help with the let down. Hope that helps.

#3 Sassenach2

Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:30 AM

Don't pump as babies can get more out than a pump can and you are only getting anxious when you do this. Give him the breastfeeds before the solids as breastmilk is the main nutrition at this age and try and get frequent feeds in during the day if you can and with the coming hot weather, he may like to have little and often feeds, as the first part of the milk is a thirst quencher. It all sounds fairly normal to me and there is always milk in your breasts if he is having both sides and I think everyone has a "better" side which seems to have more milk, but you are always making milk, while he is taking milk. You could try "Switch Feeding" which is going from one side to the other in the one feed and some babies will do it about 8 times.

#4 mandala

Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:42 AM

DS has been like that since 8 months. I'd just managed to overcome some supply issues at 6 months, so having DS have only a few swallows and then come off was quite distressing. I was worried that he was going to wean himself completely.

I also found that on the days we were apart, I was suddenly barely getting 100mL from both breasts when I expressed once a day, down from 150-200mL from both breasts three times a day.

However, he didn't seem upset by it, and was quite happy to then go off and play. He is a pretty good eater otherwise, so I just assumed that he was getting enough food elsewhere and that he had important playing to get done. It did take a while to convince myself of that, though.

In the past few weeks, DS (now 11 months) has been feeding a bit more, and I think it's just that he's not as desperate to get back to crawling and pulling up.

#5 lucky 2

Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:14 PM

chookpea, distractibility tends to be an issue around the 9 month mark for lots of babies, so I'd try switch feeding as pp mentioned above and see if you can use him to suckle rather than pump (but only if he will, to save yourself extra work).
Is he feeding well at night, some babies will reverse cycle and feed better at night, this keeps supply up and helps with milk intake.
All the best.

#6 chookpea

Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:48 PM

Thanks for your replies.  

Lucky2, he sleeps through the night and I'm not really keen on waking him up! Tounge1.gif I have tried switch feeding, but he only stays on for a suck or two and wants to go on his merry way.

I guess I'll just keep offering, even if he takes a few gulps.  I hope this stage passes soon!

Btw, will fenugreek still work now?  I thought you only really had it in the early days to help build supply etc.

#7 lucky 2

Posted 01 December 2012 - 09:20 PM

Lucky2, he sleeps through the night and I'm not really keen on waking him up!

laughing2.gif Now chookpea, I can't see why you would think that way!

I hope for your sake it is a phase and it passes soon.
All the best.

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