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January 9th, 2013, 03:48 PM
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My 3 week old DD has been nursing all day today except for one hour, if that, to nap. She latches on, sucks for a couple seconds, and pulls off and screams. I dont know if it's because theres no milk or what. But if its no milk, how long till my supply re adjusts? I have 2 other kids I need to take care of and a house to clean, and this is getting really frustrating because I cant sit on the couch all day breastfeeding, but she's my last baby and I really want to breastfeed her for a while
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January 11th, 2013, 09:28 AM
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Do you have a carrier? If not, look into getting one. You can nurse baby in it and hold baby while having both hands free.
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January 11th, 2013, 03:54 PM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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Yes I was going to suggest finding a carrier to nurse her and still be hands free for your others!

Are you eating and drinking enough as well?
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January 23rd, 2013, 07:13 AM
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Besides nursing in a carrier, plan ahead so that there is less to do for the other 2 little ones. Make a nursing basket if you dont' have other toys handy. Put coloring books, books, toys, etc. in it to occupy them while you nurse. Make sure there are snacks and drinks that are accessible for them. If I remember right, Linden is the same age as Anna (4) so ask him to help out with the other little one when he can, getting food, drinks, toys, etc.

It's possible too that she just wants to close, and nursing is her way of asking for that (or she's fussy and is nursing for comfort). Just wearing her in a carrier could help satisfy that need to close and she may be happy for a few hours just being worn.
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January 23rd, 2013, 10:44 AM
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I think that is a very common thing to go through at 3 weeks. As frustrating as it can be to feel like you're doing nothing but breast feeding, that near-constant stimulation can really help establish your supply. And it WILL pass. It is probably not that there is not milk in there. As long as she is gaining weight properly and having enough wet/dirty diapers, that is most likely not the problem.

I think this article is a great read: http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/frequent-nursing/ And you've gotten some good advice from these ladies already--a carrier that will allow hands-free nursing, as well as preparing basket of things to help make that time go more smoothly are both great ideas!
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