Childhood Diseases

Posted by: MPHO | 2010/02/10




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The most likely cause is that your baby is hungry. You may need to start him on a formula in addition to breast feeding him. Use a formula that will satisfy a hungry baby such as Lactogen1.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/02/11

If you start giving baby formula, you will lessen the amount of breastmilk that you have.

What you need to do is ensure baby is fed between 2 and 4 hourly. So if baby is getting past three hours and heading to four hours since the last feed, wake her up and feed her.

Latch her on (ensure you have a good latch otherwise your nipples could crack and it will hurt and baby won' t get all the milk she should). Read up on w w w dot kellymom d o t c o m for more infor on this.
Swap baby from breast to breast until you don' t hear any more swallowing.
Express milk for 3 - 5 minutes on each breast to increase supply (do this immediately after a feed).
At the next feed, after you have fed baby on each breast until there is no more sound of swallowing, then give the milk you expressed at the last feed (do it by syringe - put the pad of your finger in her mouth against the pallet and then pour it over your finger so that she sucks your finger and gets the milk).
If you must use a bottle, use a size 2 teat so that it is big and the size of a breast.
If baby is still hungry after the breast and the extra expressed milk, then you can give some formula.

Other things that will worsen your problems are giving a dummy (she won' t latch on properly and will be sucking that instead of feeding, and therefore not stimulating your breasts to produce more milk).
Giving bottles of water will fill her tummy with something that isn' t nutritious instead of milk.

I would suggest you contact the la leche league in your area for some help.

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Posted by: Purple | 2010/02/10

Offer the breast more often.

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