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1) My son is not a big eater. Sometimes he will only nurse for a few minutes and he doesn't want anymore. He even does this when I feed him pumped milk. After a 2 to 3 ounces he's done. Do I need to worry about him not getting enough to eat? I'm constantly worried that he doesn't get enough. He never seems like he's hungry. 3 hours will go by and still no signs of hunger, so I feed him anyway. Should I wait longer than 3 hours until he's really hungry, so that he'll eat more? Longer than 3 hours seems like a long time between meals. BTW, he's on a couple of tablespoons of solids once a day, in the morning.
2) When I feed him, he doesn't completely empty the breast- he doesn't want to work for the drops/hindmilk. Will this lower my supply since he's not emptying the breast?
3) Sometimes I misjudge his hunger and he only empties about 1/2 the breast. Will this lower my supply?
4) I've had a lot of supply issues the past 6 months, probably because of his weak suck and not emptying the breasts. (I'm tapering off of Reglan right now- AF came and supply dropped to almost non-existent levels). I pump a few times a day to make sure my supply doesn't diminish. I hate it. (I also eat oatmeal and take More Milk Plus) It would be easier to wait until the evening to do all my pumping since that's when DH is home and can watch J.J. If I pump only in the evenings, will it still help my supply during the day, or will it only help my supply in the evenings? I don't know how pumping and supply works.
My son and I have a love/hate BFing relationship. We have never been good at it. If I were to stop BFing today, J.J. would have no problem with it. I can't believe that he's 6 1/2 months old and we still don't have the hang of this! But, we're still doing it!!! :.)
If he's an efficient feeder 5 min is ok. DD does this all the time. 2-3oz from a bottle is normal as well. As long as he is having enough pees and poos you know he's getting enough milk.
As for the other part of your question I'm not sure. I would think if he is eating till he's full then no it wouldn't effect your supply. It works as a supply and demand cycle. What he takes your body makes. KWIM?
At 6 months its ok for them to go 3-4 (sometimes longer) between feeds. DD already goes 3.5-4 and she's only 3 months.
As for pumping it works like feeding, when you empty the breast it tells the body to make more. So pumping at night makes more milk at night. Although I don't think you have to worry about your supply right now. It sounds to me like your doing great.
Just out of curiousity, what indicated that you had low supply in the first place? Does he ask for me or act fussy after nursing? At this point, he sounds perfectly content after nursing. As long as he is happy, you have no reason to worry. Your baby will let you know if he's hungry, and some babies become very efficient nursers early on. My suggestion is to simply nurse on demand. Let him tell you when he's hungry and how much he wants to eat. Babies his age will not themselves starve.
Also, does he get a bottle regularly? Do you supplement at all or have you started solids?
Everytime he nurses, it doesn't matter how much he gets, the act of nursing will stimulate your milk production. It won't lower your supply at all to have him not empty the breast.
Your best bet is to pump throughout the day to help your supply. It does matter when you nurse/pump for your supply. Your body adjusts to what you demand. If you demand more in the evening by pumping several times, your body will only produce more in the evening. If you spread them out throughout the day, then it will help your supply during the entire day. Maybe these links will help: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/milkproduction.html http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/lo...ly.html#supply
Andrea, mom to Abigail (6) Annabelle (4) and Alexis (1)