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|I've always had problems with him barely eating. From birth he never wanted to nurse more than 10 minutes total. Right now we're down to maybe 2 minutes on each side before he quits and/or loses his mind.
We were nursing every 3 hours before... but if I let him (I tested it a time or two) he would go at least six without even hinting at wanting to eat. So, I fed him every three just because I knew he wouldn't unless I offered it to him.
We do co-sleep, I feed him nearly all night long. I swear I let him nurse on one side, flip over and then the other, and the cycle keeps going until about 8 in the morning. The only long stretch of maybe 4-5 hours might be when he first goes down at night, but I'm trying to pump during that time now.
Originally Posted by Victorian
I agree with Darylll. It seems that maybe your milk supply is because he is not/can't stimulate it properly. My son when to a chiroprator and it was night and day difference with nursing. Also a DO might help
|One more reason requires a little more explanation. In the first few weeks, babies tend to fall asleep at the breast when the flow of milk is slow (this slowing of the flow occurs more rapidly if the baby is not well latched on). The baby will suck and sleep and suck, without getting large quantities at this point, but the mother may have a letdown reflex (milk ejection reflex) from time to time and the baby will drink more. When the mother's supply is abundant, the baby usually gains fine, though he may spend long periods on the breast despite the mother's abundant supply. However, by the time babies are 6 or 8 weeks of age, younger sometimes, many babies start to pull away from the breast when the flow slows down, often within a few minutes of starting nursing. This is more likely to occur in babies who received bottles early on. The mother will then likely put the baby to the other side, but then the baby will do the same thing. He may be hungry still, and may refuse the breast preferring to suck his hand. He won't get those extra letdowns that give him a few extra gushes of milk that he would have had if he had stayed on the breast. So he drinks less, and the supply also decreases because he drinks less, and the flow slows even earlier in the feeding (because there is less milk) and you see what may happen. It doesn't always happen this way, and many babies may gain even if the do spend only a short period of time on the breast. They may still pull off and suck their hands because they want more sucking but if their weight gain is good, there is no need for concern.|
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