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June 28th, 2011, 07:54 PM
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Our LAC consult gave us the medela supplementer today to encourage atti to nurse more actively and get "reward" from the breast. My flow/supply is slow so she said that this should really help get him to where he needs to be. I am also to pump 15 min on each side every time he eats, and once I am getting atleast 2oz each session, then I acn quit supplementing because he should be able to get that mjuch as well then. Problem is, when I pump sometimes I dont even get half an ounce, but then again I heard some moms have healthy babies that nurse all day but also cant pump so thats not an indicator technically. & my other ? is, this supplementer doesnt make him seem more active at all, he's still barely sucking before falling asleep, and not even finishing half of the 2 ounces, but if I put a nipple on the bottle he'd suck it down....What do I do??? Am I doing something wrong?, Sorry for the novel...Newbie to the supplementer here.
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July 1st, 2011, 05:13 AM
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For me the pump is not a good indicator of my supply. My baby girl drinks 2 7oz bottles at daycare while I'm at work. But when I pump at work I only get about 10oz. I nurse her in the evening on and the weekends without supplementing and she's perfectly fine. For the first 5-6months my daughter nursed for a very long time, b/c she kept falling asleep while nursing. At first I started supplementing but then I realized that if I keep supplementing my supply might not be what she needs, demand equals supply.

How old is your baby? It's very common for babies to fall asleep while nursing b/c they feel secure, it's comfy for them. Have you tried getting the baby down to just it's diaper and try nursing that way? I had to get my daughter everytime down to her diaper, and keep pulling her off the boob and waking her up by burping her, then I'd put her back on. Once she got a little older I stopped waking her up as much and just waited until she woke up and was hungry enough to stay awake for a longer period of time.

Good luck, just do what you think is best for you and your family. But my opinion is it's easy to get caught up in supplementing and nurse less and less. If your goal is to bf for a certain length of time, I'd recommend nursing as much as you can. the difficult period will pass and it gets easier. I know supplementing has ruined a lot of ladies bfing experience.
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