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Okay I am nursing our 6 mth old son and have noticed that he is on the thin side. Maybe its just his build, but I have always had chunkers. DS looks and acts hungry all the time... I have started giving him supplement bottles-soy- to see if that will help him. He's still seems a bit better, hunger-wise, and he does seem to have plumped up a bit. Could I be underproducing milk? I am so scared that I am not providing enough for ds!! And, I am not ready to do solids yet. I wanna hold off at least until next month or so. What can I do? help!
 

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If you aren't having supply issues and your son seems to still be hungry, then perhaps biologically he's ready for solids. Some babies just need them sooner than others.<br><br>
I think I would opt to feed him solids versus formula supplements, as anytime you start supplementing you start a slippery path maintaining your own milk supply.
 

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ahhh...great advice<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I tried him on solids a few weeks back, and he wasn't ready. He was a preemie, so I didn't wanna rush him. Can you suggest something to up my milk supply?
 

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Sorry, you didn't mention he was a preemie. I can understand your reluctance to push the solids. What is his adjusted age?<br><br>
As far as upping your supply (I've had lots of experience with minimal supply)<br><br>
There are a multitude of things you can do.<br><br>
I always try the no drug approach first. If you can spend a whole day (or a good portion of a day) lay in bed with babe in a diaper only and you topless. Let DC nurse at will, all day long and encourage the skin to skin contact. This stimulates you to produce more milk. I was actually surprised at what a difference this made in my supply. My breasts were sore, but it sure made a huge difference.<br><br>
Next there are the herbs. I know there are lots of people who use Fenugreek pretty openly. I however, was not happy with the possible side effects of it (it can throw your blood sugars out of whack, lower your BP (I passed out), and trigger migraines). While some people experience none of these, I experienced them all... needless to say, I threw my supply out. I continued to take blessed thistle.... it had no side effects. There is also mothers milk tea (contains fenugreek)<br><br>
Oatmeal helps with milk production, as does ensuring that you are fully hydrated. You really need to drink a lot of water, especially in the summer months.<br><br>
Lastly, your physican can prescribe drugs that will increase your supply.<br><br>
Good luck
 

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mamabugx3 - just noticed on your sig. line it talks about your weighloss support thread. Hardcore dieting can affect your milk production. Are you not getting enough calories? Not enough fat in your diet?<br><br>
Have you tried breast compression while the babe is at the breast? Helps to make sure that the baby is getting lots of hind (fatty) milk. Dr. Jack Newman that I just adore thinks that if a baby is getting slow to gain after 4 months that solids are a better idea than formula. I am not sure how being a preemie would affect that, but thought I would throw that out. I could find a link if you want (I am just lazy tonight!)<br><br>
Victorian<br><br>
edited to add: he might just be skinny. Has he always been on the light side? My ds goes by the nickname "Tapeworm" around here. He is always 95% for height, 10% for weight.
 

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Hi,<br>
My daughter was always really thin at that age- not a preemie though. I started her on some solids at 5 1/2 months as she was so active and nursing all day long and still needing more.<br><br>
I would agree that you should wait a little for solids since he was preemie. But just make sure you get the right kinds of fats in your diet, and get a balanced diet. I am sure you are able to provide enough milk for your son.<br><br>
I would also watch out for soy formula. I've heard alot about the detrimental effects of too much soy on children. It has high levels of manganese, and small babies/children do not yet have an effecient blood-brain barrier to protect from high levels of minerals, vaccines and such. Manganese toxicity is associated with mental disorders.Sorry-I don't have a link on me- but I am sure if you are interested you could Google it. I drink soy and rice milk because I can't drink normal milk- but I try not to give it to my little girl very often.<br><br>
Have you considered herbal tinctures to up your supply? Motherlove has a good one. Weleda has a great nursing tea- or you could always look at the ingredients and blend your own.<br>
Hope this helps - just some ideas<br>
Leila
 

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Do you have somewhere where you can go and weigh the baby before and after you nurse? That will give you an idea how much he's getting. I've done that a number of times just so I could leave a bottle with the appropriate amount, but I think it would really help in your case. I don't remember how much they're supposed to be getting at what point, but I think it's something like 4 oz. per pound every day (7 lb baby gets 28 ounces). I'm sure a nursing book would have that information for you.
 

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Update on this issue<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> Ds is a super weight now, as the Doc assured me<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I am so happy for all of your advice<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> We know now that he is going to be on the slender side, but he is growing and loves to eat!! Thanks for the support mamas!!
 
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