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Hi. My DD is 10.5 weeks. She nurses well in the morning and when we're sleeping. During these times I'm really full and she doesn't have to put much effort into getting milk.<br><br>
The problem is that every night around 6, she starts getting really fussy at the boob. I know my supply is lower then and I've been drinking mother's milk tea like crazy to boost it. Tonight is the worst it's ever been. DD cried and cried after only attempting to latch for a few seconds. She cried with milk in her mouth, so I know that there is some milk there.<br><br>
I went back to work this week (two four hour shifts) and DH gave her bottles while I was gone. She has never taken a paci or anything like that. I nurse on demand all other times.<br><br>
I feel like she wants fast milk all of the time. What can I do to help her latch well and suck well at night?
 

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I think it does sound like she is being fussy because she thinks the milk should be coming faster, either because of the EBM in bottles or she is just particular and "knows" she gets more milkies lying down in bed.<br>
Maybe switch to a different nipple for when you are at work and DP is at home with DD. I used glass Evenflo to warm the EBM but then asked DP to feed it from a Breastflow bottle.<br>
Very wide nipple within a nipple that is S-L-O-W and mimics breastfeeding.<br>
Can you make time at her 6 PM witching hour for a 15 nursing cuddle session in bed?<br>
I know for a fact that I make more milk/let down more when totally chilled out and snuggled in bed rather than nursing in a sling while stirring something on the stove.<br>
Good luck..... it is probably a phase and it will pass when she is used to the transition back to work. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Well I posted on this board about what I felt was sudden poor latch in my 4 1/2 mo DS and got no response... It also happens to us more outside of bed/sleepy times/morning. And my DS has never even had a bottle so maybe the problem isn't the bottle introduction! He is teething pretty badly which leads me to theorize he is learning to change his latch or is going to just have temporary/ineffective bad latch when his teeth hurt really badly. I rub on his gums and that usually soothes him and then he can nurse.
 

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Wow mom2cash, I sure hope she's not teething yet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> to your little one.<br><br>
Thanks for the response Tattoo. I will try laying down with her during the onset of the witching hour and see whether that helps. I will try a different nipple for the bottle as well. We're using Medela and I thought they would be good because the company only does pumps and milk storage.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: I agree with this. Are you using a slow flow (newborn) nipple?<br><br>
Also, if the bottle is given to her while she is sitting in arms/on lap, rather than lying, the flow will be slower, and she will have more control, and have to work harder at bottle feeding.<br><br>
That, and know that those evening hours are hard for everyone! You are not alone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Good luck!
 
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