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23/09/2013 at 12:13
M is 18 weeks now and aside from one bottle at about 7pm is EBF. With all of my babies I have been totally baby led and the other 2 established their own little routines themselves and getting to 3-4 hours between feeds. They were formula fed from a few weeks.I have been totally happy with being baby led up until now. I had all 3 home all summer so just couldn't be doing with a routine . However, no 2 child will be full time in school from next week so I'd like to get a bit of my day back!At the moment she goes about 2 hours between feeds (3 at a push if I can keep her asleep!). She takes both boobs at pretty much every feed. I can sense that my supply lessens as the day goes on and she cluster feeds from about 5pm, getting really angry if she can't get enough. She then has a bottle at about 7pm and I will feed her again about9/9.30. She generally feeds once in the night.How can I break this 2 hour cycle. Ts getting a bit draining to be honest and I really want to get to 6 months feeding her. I'm nit sure if I have supply issues or not. I'm nit pumping anymore but when I was I was getting loads.is it normal to feed from both boobs? I feel empty once she's fed. She is a really efficient feeder and only feeds for a few mins on each boob. I generally let her fuss and root for a bit to try to stimulate my supply.Any words of wisdom? This might be my 3rd baby but this bf malarkey is hard!Thanks x
23/09/2013 at 13:23
No help from me, but I eagerly wait a response as I hope mine will eventually go to 3hrs too!
23/09/2013 at 14:15
I feel your pain - Florence is 20 weeks and feeding 2 hourly. Much like you, she feeds fast, both sides and fusses a lot. Recently she was really unsettled between feeds and didn't seem to be getting enough, so I've had to start alternating with formula. To be honest it's achieved nothing as she still feeds 2-2 1/2 hourly, just a bit less screamy inbetween.
Sorry I can't offer any advice, but I promise you're not alone!
23/09/2013 at 15:12
Sam was also every 2 hours but sleeping really well at night so I figured he was tanking up all day! He has reflux though and I wasn't getting anywhere on meds so a nurse friend suggested smaller feeds, more regularly to help keep his milk down. So I stopped offering both breasts a few weeks ago but found I didn't need to feed him more often and his long stretches at night weren't affected either. About 2 weeks after this, he started going 2.5-3 hours between feeds, and now at 17 weeks very rarely wants milk before 3 hours, it's been like this for a little over 2 weeks.
He's still gaining weight well, sleeping well at night, and it has made me wonder if I was over feeding him a bit?! I know you can't over feed a bf baby blah blah but I think perhaps some who are good feeders, will always feed fr both sides if offered, Sam has never really turned milk away! It could be total coincidence but just thought I'd mention in case it is worth experimenting. Obviously if M is still hungry she'll let you know. I do feel like I have so much more time on my hands now and am hoping it doesn't change back!!
23/09/2013 at 15:50
I unfortunately can't help really as I had to give up BF when W was a month old, but i remember my Midwife, or health visitor saying that breast milk is easily digested by baby, so it doesn't keep them full for as long as formula does. I may get flamed for even suggesting this, but what about mixing some BM with a little bit of rusk, or trying a little bit of puree? The reason i ask is that My LO will be 17 weeks this week and under the guidance of the HV, I've been told I can start to introduce food into W's diet. He is currently taking an 8oz bottle every 2 - 3 hours, and i fully intend to keep this up along side introducing solids.
The only other thing i can think of is that perhaps your LO has taken a wee growth spurt and needs a little more milk than before, but your body hasn't caught up yet? - not sure if that's even possible, but if you express between feeds, that might help to build up your supply a bit...
23/09/2013 at 16:04
It sounds totally normal to me I'm afraid - BM is digested faster than formula so it's quite common for BF babies to not go as long in between feeds as FF babies. It doesn't sound as though there are any supply issues, cluster feeding is common and will ease with time.
Not flaming at all RKB, but I'd avoid weaning in Morph's situation - it won't make M drop any milk feeds for a good few weeks and will just add in another thing to do, defeating the aim of spacing out feeds.
Morph, you're doing a great job and you're only 8 weeks from that 6 month mark so keep up the good work!
23/09/2013 at 18:08
Sorry no help from me either, sounds the same as Isla. she was every two hours during the day til she was 6 months old.
23/09/2013 at 20:05
Sounds pretty normal to me. Ill second what Margot says. In your case I'd be happy with the feeding often during the day and going long spells at night. I'd be worried if I started reducing/spacing out feeds during the day then baby will be looking for more overnight.
23/09/2013 at 20:23
Sorry all, the iPad died and then I had to go out!
Gah, where's the magical answer I was looking for? I guess I'm reassured that itsvnormal. I guess I should be grateful that she feeds really quickly so although only 2 hours between the start if feeds she only actually feeds for 10 mins.
I think maybe its just because she's so diddy so still has a little tummy. She's not even 13lbs yet.
I'm not too bothered to be honest. 90% of the time it's fine but early evenings are Not.Fun.
It's funny, I weaned 1 and 2 at 21 weeks (coincidence rather than deliberate) and they were totally ready but M so isn't. Again, the otherv2 were massive at her age in comparison, lol
24/09/2013 at 08:34
Despite being a bigger baby at birth disco quickly setteled at a lower centile. He is BF and up unil 6 months he often fed every 2/2.5 hours, he started going longer just before 6 months, he too was a cluster feeder in the evening so all this sounds very familer. Although he wasn't aways a speedy feeder.
One thing that helpped space his feeds a bit more was offering him a feed only a couple of min after he had finished, it turned out he was taking enough to quench his inital hunger but not enough to stay full (easily distracted baby) so we would feed wind wait a couple then offer again to make sure he had really finished. Once we started weaning around 6 months and he started crawling feeds and daytime naps both got better
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