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|17-3-2011 - breastfeeding mom....help
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So for the past few nights Tanner has been waking up through the
night wanting to nurse. At first I thought it was a growing spurt, no
big deal. Well it has been a week of waking up at least 4 times to
nurse. Tonight he completely nursed both breast dry screaming/crying
because he was still hungry. We made him a bottle of formula (before you
tell me anything wrong about formula that is not what I want to hear
about please just answer my other questions).
Why would he be nursing so much through the night, and asking satisfied during the day?
I be giving him more solids through out the day (he gets breakfast,
lunch, and dinner baby food, and table food with some snacks in
He nurses between 4-6 times through out the day, and has water or watered down juice in a sippy cup.
However whats going on with me....
have dropped weight from 100 lbs to 95 lbs. I have been drinking
protein shakes at night (360 calories) and an ensure (250 calories) in
the morning for the past week. I guess I am not making enough calories
for him? He also dropped weight from his 8 month doctors appointment he
was 19 lbs and then at 9 months he was 18 lbs 10 oz. I know that isnt a
major weight loss, and he is more active, but something isnt right. My
son only wakes up once through out the night to nurse has been that way
since about 3 months old.
Im so exhausted, I dont know what to do.
this morning @ 5:30am I made three scrammbled eggs with cheese, then I
will have my ensure drink, (figure something high calories in lunch) and
snack, with a well high calorie dinner and then my shake at night. I am
going to start a food diary with the calorie in take because I keep
dropping weight and I know that its not good for me, and probably not
good for him either.
Thank you for any advice you can give.
5 Comments on breastfeeding mom....helpzookeeper
- Thursday, 17 Mar He is probably just needing extra breastmilk and it sounds like your supply has dropped off a bit. Also, he is probably just too busy to get the extra milk during the day. Letting him nurse at night will increase your supply at night. Try taking fenugreek (3 capsules 3 times a day). It will increase your supply and make for a more content baby. I'm currently dealing with a similar situation with my 6 month old. She has always nursed multiple times at night and is not on solids yet. I've added a formula bottle during the afternoon per doc's orders. I am also taking fenugreek and could tell an increase in supply after just a couple of days. Good luck. leighsamarie
- Thursday, 17 Mar Not pregnant are you..?...Because when I got pregnant I dropped alot of weight first and had no idea because I was breastfeeding and hadn't got a period..Also it will change the way your milk taste and it is alot thinner..I am not forsure if I noticed Addie drinking less because she gets baby food and formula also because I was not making enough for her, but I could definately tell she didn't like the taste as good..I am having to mix it with formula.. TanMansMomma32
- Thursday, 17 Mar Thank you ladies for your input. I have had this problem before with my weight loss... I havea high metabolism. I'm gonna up my intake of food and make a consious effort to count my calories and get him on more of a schedule and see how that goes. Twinks5
- Thursday, 17 Mar I woud feed him way more solids threw the day, bottle before bed and see how that goes, i breast feed mine, but when they demand to much threw the night they get a bottle before bed, you need to up your foos intake, as your body needs extra for breast feeding normaly, so have a good binge on junk food, iceream all the naughty stuff, that us mear mortals just look at and put a stone on, good luck to you DiandClover
- Thursday, 17 Mar It might be a growth spurt, or your weight loss means your breast milk is lower in fat, so Tanner is just not getting full from it or it tastes different to him. Have you had him checked for food allergies? Does he seem to be more uncomfortable after eating? Any changes in his poop? If it keeps up, just have a dr. assess him to see what could be wrong. As for you, have you ever been checked for hyperthyroid? Your thyroid levels may be too high, making your metabolism work overtime in an unhealthy way and that can also affect your milk quality. Have a blood test to check. Good luck and take care!