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My 9 mos old ds has started nursing constantly in the afternoons eves and during the night. He asks to nurse then sucks a few times and lets go fusses asks for the other side, and does the same. Some days he does this constantly all afternoon. He just doesn't seem satisfied. I started him on solids and he eats enormous amounts of food, he would eat 2 to 3 jars of baby food in one sitting. This morning he ate an entire banana. Am I making enough milk for him? I drink plenty of water, definitely consume enough calories <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> . This has been going on fora couple of weeks. Maybe it's teeth, but I don't see any. Anyone?
 

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unless you have had breast reduction surgery, I wouldn't think a supply problem would show up at 9 months. I mentioned the reduction, because I have a real life friend who did have a reduction, and it's like her milk production topped out, but I think it was more like four months, and she just was unable to produce enough.<br><br>
Nine months is an exciting time for little ones! Teething, growing, learning new things - all of those can contribute to what you are describing. Solids, too. If you have started replacing nursing with solids, conscious or not, it can cause baby to be extra clingy, especially if he isn't really ready for those solids yet. Or he might want *more* solids. It could be anything, really. It might even be a dip in supply if you are about to get AF, too.
 

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does your son ever get bottles? It sounds to me like what my baby did when she was bottle fed while I was at work. He's trying to stimulate let-down and it's either not happening fast enough or he's mad because it's not constant.<br><br>
We had to take away dd's bottles and the problem went away within a couple of days.
 

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I have been wondering the same thing, but with my 5wk old. I had been supplementing with bottles, since a few days after his birth, I had a lot of tests done and had to pump and dump. Well, my milk came in very slow and I haven't been able to catch up, he nurses all the time and after a session I would top him off with formula. Well, it just occured to me last night that he is trying to get the milk like he does from the bottle, nice and easy, and maybe this nursing is harder for him to get milk at first. Today I took his bottles away and its been a little rough. Hopefully this shouldn't take more than a few days to even out.
 

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Mary, You really need to be working with an IBCLC lactation consultant. If you don't like the first one you see, find another one. I went to three or four of them before finding the right LC for me. Stopping supplements needs to be done very carefully, so your baby doesn't suffer. I'd probably supplement in other ways besides bottles at first, especially if the supplements were formula, until your milk supply catches up. Just one bottle of formula can hurt your supply in a BIG way. If you've been supplementing with formula for a while now, you definitely need to build your supply before stopping the supplements. Are you pumping with a hospital grade rental pump? That's what I'd suggest.<br><br>
Mamapajama - It very well could be nipple preference, if he's gotten bottles recently. Sometimes they don't want to wait for the letdown since bottle nipples give instant gratification. If that's the case, you can try some nipple stimulation or pump a bit before latching him on to speed up your letdown.
 
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