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I'm hoping to get some advice for my friend who has a 5 mo little girl. She has had breastfeeding challenges from the start. The baby has a very small jaw and the latch has always been difficult. My friend got bad infections and the baby didn't gain weight properly. She has been pumping and supplementing but is REALLY invested in maintaining the bf relationship. A lot of people would have given up and she is very grateful to still be nursing. The problem is, however, that the baby never takes a full feed. She takes a few sips every half hour and only gets a full tummy when she gets a bottle. On the breast, she is still not very efficient and waits for the letdown to drink. My friend is seeing a lactation doctor who has really helped but who is now saying she should be happy with how far she has come but she needs to supplement 3-4 times a day as the baby is not gaining enough weight. My friend wants to avoid this. Any suggestions as to how she can get the baby to take a full feed and go a little longer in between? Her supply is OK but the baby doesn't drain the breast. My friend doesn't mind constantly feeding her but she also has a high needs 3 year old who is acting out from lack of Mom time. TIA
 

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IME constantly nursing at that age is perfectly normal. She is not going to work as hard at the breast though as long as she's regularly getting bottles. I would work on eliminating those- doing any supplementing at the breast with an SNS or lactaid.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
-Angela
 

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I have one side that she doesn't do as well on. She'll keep popping off. I try to be persistant on that side. I usually start with that side each time, too.
 

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Has she tried block feeding? My twins weren't gaining well and that is what helped them each get enough hindmilk.
 

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Honestly, I would completely ditch the bottles and let her nurse whenever she wants. It sounds like the bottles are causing the problem--baby wants instant gratification from the boob like she's getting from the bottle.
 

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my babe is doing the same thing. she's a boobaholic <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> lol, but really she nurses all the time. What is block feeding?
 
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