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You would think that after 3 other kids I would know this, but I really dont.<br><br>
With my oldest, it was just me and him at home all day and most nights, so nursing him the first 2-3 months exclusivley, was normal life for me...if he wanted more I just latched him on and ealt with it. After 2-3 months old he ended up getting supplemented do to a week long hospital stay for me and 2 surgeries....breastfeeding didnt last much longer...I didnt know better back then. So growthspurts were foriegn to me.<br><br>
With my twins, it was a rough start with a 4 week NICU stay, and they were never fully breastfed, even though the first 3 weeks all they got was breastmilk, we ended up supplementing after that with donated milk and formula, and breastfeeding ended at 9 months for one twin and 10 for the other. Growth spurts were dealt with by more nursing and supplementing.<br><br>
This new little guy has had nothing but breastmilk since birth...even with a rough start and a 2 week NICU stay. Since his release from the NICU, he hasnt had a single bottle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> He has been on the boob as much as he wants it. I tried giving him some pumped milk in a bottle....freshly pumped, and he wanted nothing to do with it...we tried this 2x and each time he cried, choked and got pissed off at me...so he got his boobie back and was happy. Im thankful he doeant want the bottle, gives me more strength to continue breastfeeding him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> I am pretty sure he is in a growthspurt...he is 4 weeks old, but was 5 weeks early. In the past 2 days he has been attached to me literally 50 minutes of every hour. I know he is getting plenty of milk....so I dont think thats an issue. He has been wetting on average 10-12 diapers a day, and pooping 3-5x a day the past 2-3 days. But tonight he has been getting pissed after about 30 minutes of nursing.....pulling off, crying etc. I will put him on the other side, and he is good for about 30 minutes, and the same thing happens, so we switch again. I am getting a letdown everytime, and he is swallowing and sucking the whole time. I burp him before switching sides,and get a decent one everytime, so I dont think its a gas/burping issue.<br><br>
Is he just that hungry or is he trying really hard to build my supply up for his growthspurt?<br><br>
Could my supply be dropping and thats why hes wanting to nurse so much?<br><br>
I feel so lost!
 

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To me it just seemed like my kids were extra fussy, for lack of a better word, during growth spurts. I think nothing felt quite as comfortable, and by the end of the day, they were harder to console. They were extra tired (because of the growth spurt) and so the evenings were just a bit rougher. It doesn't sound like a supply issue, just a little baby thing. Ours lasted about a week, not sure if that's typical or not, but it sounds like it should pass relatively soon. Take care.
 

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Hi, there!<br><br>
Congrats on your new baby! It's hard those first weeks when you're baby is fussy. Many babies seem to go through something similar, too.<br><br>
It sounds like it could be a growth spurt... Most babies will have one at *about* 3 weeks, 6 weeks & 3 months of age. The increased number of nursings last a couple of days and then your supply will even out with the new demand and everthing should be back to normal. Try massaging the breast with your hand to help the baby get milk.<br><br>
Be sure his latch is good throughout the nursing session, too. How is his weight gain?<br><br>
Usually, too, in the first month, a baby likes to comfort nurse for a long time. This also helps bring in mama's milk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Do you have any other signs of problems?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi, there!<br><br>
Congrats on your new baby! It's hard those first weeks when you're baby is fussy. Many babies seem to go through something similar, too.<br><br>
It sounds like it could be a growth spurt... Most babies will have one at *about* 3 weeks, 6 weeks & 3 months of age. The increased number of nursings last a couple of days and then your supply will even out with the new demand and everthing should be back to normal. Try massaging the breast with your hand to help the baby get milk.<br><br>
Be sure his latch is good throughout the nursing session, too. How is his weight gain?<br><br>
Usually, too, in the first month, a baby likes to comfort nurse for a long time. This also helps bring in mama's milk. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Do you have any other signs of problems?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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I do massage the breast during feeding.....been doing this since the begining, specially when pumping in the begining.<br><br><br>
His latch is awesome.....only time we have an issue is on my right side if he isnt in a football hold position, then he tends to have an issue when my milk lets down (you can hear a clicking and the latch and suck totally change), we fixed this by switching to a football during the day and night I nurse him in a football/sitting position.<br><br>
Weight gain....he was 5lbs 12oz at birth, at NICU discharge at exactly 2 weeks old he was 5lbs 8oz. Last weight check a few days ago had it at a few ounces over 7lbs. He is going to be 5 weeks on wednesday...so he has gained roughly 2lbs in a 3 week period (give or take...we need to get him weighed again)<br><br>
Im not sure what other signs I need to be looking for as far as problems go....no mastitis, thrush, or other infections....I do have severe PCOS, and a hormone imbalance which I know can have an effect on milk supply though.
 
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