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    Quote Originally Posted by xtinagreen View Post
    From what I gathered online, I believe in the US they are not allowed to prescribe Domperidone for boosting milk supply.
    That's really too bad - it's the only reason I can still breastfeed.


    Quote Originally Posted by xtinagreen View Post
    However Finn is still acting weird while breast feeding...pulling away a lot like he is finished but then cries and acts hungry later. If I offer him a bottle of breast milk he sucks it down. I don't know if I should stop using bottles for a while to get him to stay on the breast longer because I don't want him to think if he holds out he can get a bottle eventually. We are still using slow rate nipples on bottle so it can't be that much easier.
    That's what Ryan does too... we were able to ditch the bottles about a month back with very frequent breastfeeds (every 1-2 hrs), but yesterday I noticed that his sleeping pattern went to hell right around the same time. I am now back to bottle top ups to see if this helps eliminate the hourly wakings at night. On a side note, I always thought Ryan was holding out for the bottle as well but even when we had been exclusively breastfeeding for weeks and I was sure he didn't remember a bottle, he still did the same thing (pulling off the breast, fussing, only eating for a few minutes). In the last few days he has gone back to only nursing when he is starving or when he is very sleepy. If I try to put him on any other time he starts screaming bloody murder. It's so frustrating as I was so happy to ditch the bottles. It is just so convenient to breastfeed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by xtinagreen View Post
    My supply seems to be slowly increasing. I was able to pump an extra couple of ounces today between feedings. However Finn is still acting weird while breast feeding...pulling away a lot like he is finished but then cries and acts hungry later. If I offer him a bottle of breast milk he sucks it down. I don't know if I should stop using bottles for a while to get him to stay on the breast longer because I don't want him to think if he holds out he can get a bottle eventually. We are still using slow rate nipples on bottle so it can't be that much easier.
    I would definitely do away with the bottles. Also, if baby does need a bottle for whatever reason, you're not supposed to give it to him. He needs to know that the only way he gets fed from you is through the boob. If you're a SAHM (I can't remember if you are or not!) I would ditch the bottles, I think it will help a lot with your feeding issues!
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    My son does a lot of fussing at the boob when his teeth are hurting. It's always tough to tell, but if he's going bananas and he's definitely not tired, hungry, wet, or bored, then I shoot down the Tylenol and it always helps a lot.

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    We just had Ryan's 4 month checkup and he has dropped from the 25th% for weight to the 10th%. This was over the period I was exclusively breastfeeding, no bottles. We are now definitely supplementing with bottles (pumped BM) again and I think it's for the better. As much as I dislike pumping, he just doesn't take enough when exclusively breastfeeding. On a happy note, even though we've been using bottles for 3 days he still nurses for almost every feeding, and I just top him up with an ounce or two from the bottle. I am fine with the situation and noticed he is sleeping better already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starryblue702 View Post
    I would definitely do away with the bottles. Also, if baby does need a bottle for whatever reason, you're not supposed to give it to him. He needs to know that the only way he gets fed from you is through the boob. If you're a SAHM (I can't remember if you are or not!) I would ditch the bottles, I think it will help a lot with your feeding issues!
    SAHM until next month as my leave winds down. I want to at least cut down on bottle use as long as Finn is getting enough to eat, but right now it seems an oz here and there may keep my son from having meltdowns until my supply picks up. These past two days I tried ditching the bottles and Finn cried for long periods and had difficulty going down for naps. I broke down and gave him a bottle this evening.

    Quote Originally Posted by triplespiral View Post
    My son does a lot of fussing at the boob when his teeth are hurting. It's always tough to tell, but if he's going bananas and he's definitely not tired, hungry, wet, or bored, then I shoot down the Tylenol and it always helps a lot.
    I don't notice any teeth coming through but Finn has been drooling so much lately...he soaked the front of two shirts today...so maybe it's coming. I'll keep that in mind about the Tylenol.

    Quote Originally Posted by science_gal View Post
    We just had Ryan's 4 month checkup and he has dropped from the 25th% for weight to the 10th%. This was over the period I was exclusively breastfeeding, no bottles. We are now definitely supplementing with bottles (pumped BM) again and I think it's for the better. As much as I dislike pumping, he just doesn't take enough when exclusively breastfeeding. On a happy note, even though we've been using bottles for 3 days he still nurses for almost every feeding, and I just top him up with an ounce or two from the bottle. I am fine with the situation and noticed he is sleeping better already.
    Sorry about the drop. I think we will be topping off for a while too. I don't like pumping either...stems from the early weeks when I had to pump after every feeding and use the SIS which took forever.
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    Yeah, pumping sucks. It really, really sucks.

    I guess I feel like it's great we were able to provide some/all breastmilk and we got through the most important bit so Herculean efforts to provide breastmilk are just silly now. They just need to eat, preferably by the most convenient means ... whatever that is is unique to each baby. Breastfeeding has turned out to be the easiest route for my son (he's good enough at it that it's easier than carrying/washing bottles) and unfortunately although my daughter can't breastfeed, I cannot find a formula that she will tolerate so pumping it is. But that darn pump. I hate it.

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    I hate pumping, too. I'm sure my mother would just prefer for me to drop a can of formula with her instead of my frozen bags of BM, as she's always claiming that he's still hungry when the BM that I give her runs out. I'm having a hard time again getting a let down even on my own (I NEVER get one with the pump, it just happens at random times). I'm also really wanting to get into a weight loss regimine, but every time that I try my milk is affected. So, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that enough milk sticks around until his first birthday!!
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    Yeah the pump... not my friend. Krystal I notice a drop in my supply everytime I don't eat enough. I eat more than DH these days!
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    I know, me, too! I eat SO much. I thought I ate a lot during pregnancy but try producing 1500 calories worth of breastmilk! Holy crap! We eat healthy meals most of the time but after a healthy meal with big huge portions I can still down an entire container of juice and a box of cookies. I eat way more than my boyfriend and he has put on like 20 lbs just being exposed to the insane amounts of food I keep in the house. I can say there's definitely no way breastfeeding if cheaper than formula if you factor in the extra food. My dad has repeatedly pressured me to cut calories and doesn't get it at all. This is no time to be focused on losing weight. I'm not gaining and I'll just deal with losing when that time comes.

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    I am with you all on the insane appetite lately. Just over the last couple weeks my need to eat has gone crazy. I am eating so much and I am never full. The other night I had dinner and dessert, and 20 min later I was hungry enough for another entire serving of dinner (and naturally another dessert too haha)

    @Sheila, what he heck at your dad telling you to cut calories?! I wish our culture was a little more bf-friendly/understanding.




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