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Help, my 4 mo dd seems like she is always nursing every 2 hours at least, and she nurses for 30 mins to an hour each time so there is really only an hour between. When shes not nursing she takes a pacifier (I know, but she would really nurse every second w/o it) at night she nurses for about two hr. straight (probably more for comfort than anything else) she wasn't like this until recently I thought maybe it was a growth spurt but it has been going on for over a month. She has also been getting very frustrated and throws her body back after nursing for only a short while. LCC said it was due to high muscle tone and I should nurse her laying down, which didn't solve the problem. I am beginning to think she is becoming frustrated dye to supply, but I just don't know I have tried pumping (ameda purely yours and medela hospital pump) with minimal results, I used to be able to pump 6 oz no problem, no I'm lucky to get an oz. My toddler weaned herself at 5 mos and I don't want that to happen again. If any one has any ideas i would truly appreciate the suggestions
 

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Just keep letting her nurse on demand. If you're concerned about supply increase your water and eat oatmeal.<br><br>
good luck!<br><br>
-Angela
 

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My 3-month-old nurses probably 2-3 times in a 2-hour period and then will fuss a lot before nursing once more and then he falls asleep for 2-3 hours. I think a lot of it is that babies don't like to fall asleep! It all sounds like normal nursing behavior, and as long as your babe is having normal weight gain and enough wet and dirty diapers I would not see any cause for concern about your supply. HTH.
 

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That's totally normal. My ds did not go more than two hours between nursing sessions til after his first birthday. (same thing, counting from beginning of one session to beginning of next one - not much time in between for us either!) Thank goodness it's possible to have one hand free while nursing, two if you're slinging the baby! At least you can read or talk on the phone or websurf or...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Don't base your estimate of supply on pumping, some of us just don't respond well to the pump. I always had a terrible time with it, but my ds got plenty of milk. "What goes in must come out" so as long as a baby is wetting and pooping normally, your supply is just fine.<br><br>
I think that whole back-arching fussy thing is awfully common in four month olds. There are some other things to look into that might be causing fussiness, or it could be just a phase...<br><br>
take a look at kellymom.com, they are the best source on the web for breastfeeding info. You can do a search there for supply, fussiness, self-weaning, and anything else you have questions about, it's a terrific resource!
 

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The frequency sounds totally normal. My dd nursed every hour and 1/2 for a year it seems and she took her sweet time at it too.<br>
Do you think she might possibly be frustrated due to a slow letdown? Does she have plenty of wet and poopy dipes?
 

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That actually sounds like it could be reflux. My dd did that. Very frequent nursing is absolutely normal, but when you combine it with sudden distress and arching, that's a red flag.
 

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If you don't offer a bottle, a baby won't wean itself at 5 months. To do so means death. Babies don't starve themselves. As long as she is gaining weight and making her milestones, has enough wet and poopy diapers, she is doing fine. If you are concerned about the baby weaning herself, don't offer bottles of any kind.<br><br>
Many mamas write in to ask about this between 4 and 5 months of age. That the baby is nursing constantly and they think there is something wrong with supply, but this is SO NORMAL, I smiled when I read your post.<br><br>
Sounds like you're a dedicated mama who really knows what's best for her babe.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Thank you all so much for your feedback. its good to know that everything i am going through is compltely normal. About the reflux, she doesnt spit up at all do you think it could still be reflux, maybe I should have her checked out just in case. again thank you to everyone!!
 

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There's something called 'silent reflux' that doesn't have visible spit-up. But if the baby is gaining weight and thriving, they likely won't be willing to treat it.
 

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My dd had silent reflux and gained fine and thrived early on. I knew she was hurting and her sleep was a disaster. I made a lot of noise until I got listened to, and treated her medically as well as with homeopathy and diet changes.
 

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When dd was that age I felt like all i EVER did was nurse.I stopped pumping because I didn't want to spend the little break i had from nursing on the pump and sometimes couldn't get much because i wasn't able to relax enough to make enough milk to fill the bottle!I lived in my rocking chair.Also up until about 1 year she would nurse a good houror more to go to sleep at night. To me it sounds like she just loves her mama's milk-provided that the diapers are wet and that she is pooping.Wow I never heard of a 5 month old self weaning.I agree about not offering a bottle.Hang in there. You are doing the best thing for your baby and I have a feeling she'd agree!!
 
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