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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 20:40 PM   1
tryingg
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its ending :(


My baby will be 4 months in 4 days and I just don't have enough milk for her anymore. She is just no longer satisfied after a nursing session. I have been doing everything I can to try to up my supply...nurse her constantly, taking fenugreek, eating a ton of oatmeal and drinking a ton of water. I don't know what else there is to do. This has been gradually getting worse and worse the past few weeks. night feeds are great, but its just during the day she needs a little bit more than I can give. I am so glad I made it this far and am not planning on quitting yet! Just having to supplement now and even that makes me sad! only a bf mother will know the bond that it creates and it is so sad to know that I cannot be her sole source of milk anymore. I hope that even if there is just a couple drops in there that she still nurses just for comfort!!! any ideas that have worked for you if this has happened to you before are greatly appreciated! thank you.



 
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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 21:04 PM   2
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What makes you think she's not getting enough? Is she losing weight or not having enough wet diapers? It's really normal for 4-month-old babies to start pulling off and acting frustrated during breastfeeding because they've suddenly become very aware of their surroundings and have a hard time focusing on eating. They tend to still eat well at night because they're sleepy and there aren't as many distractions. Have you tried moving while nursing, or nursing in a quiet/dark room?



 
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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 21:07 PM   3
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I second what bananaz said! 4 months is a rough time.. regressions, growth spurts, distractions.. they really turn into little people at that age and it can be a struggle to make them nurse long enough sometimes!

If she's gaining well and has lots of wet diapers, I wouldn't worry



 
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Old Feb 24th, 2013, 21:19 PM   4
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Have you also tried pumping either immediately after she feeds or between feeds. I did this sometimes to up my supply. And I agree with the others 4mos is a big adjustment age. Goodluck



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 00:33 AM   5
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Same thing happened to me, it's normal at 3-4 months for them to become fussy after feeds. Doesn't mean you don't have enough milk, it works on a supply & demand basis, when baby feeds, milk is produced.
Babies also have a major growth/developmental spurt at 4 months so that doesn't help the fussiness!
Like other posts said, if she's getting plenty of wet & dirty nappies then you've got plenty of milk!
If you supplement that will have a detrimental affect on your supply for sure. Try & feed through the difficult times if you can, it's hard sometimes but worth it.



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 03:51 AM   6
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You do have enough milk!
Your babys behavior is developmental. Its normal.
Relax Mama.



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 04:38 AM   7
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There's no way that after EBF for four months you now don't have enough milk to feed your baby, unless you are taking medication that would drop your supply, like the combined pill, or have stopped nursing on demand.

You absolutely have enough milk to feed your baby. Babies get fussy, they have growth spurts, all of this is normal. The baby's behaviour is not a sign they are not getting enough milk, the only things that are at that age are lack of wet nappies and no weight gain or weight loss.



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 08:52 AM   8
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oh i feel kind of dumb now :/ but I am glad i posted this otherwise I would have just thought i didnt have milk! UGH it is so frustrating sometimes.....it makes total since now though. She nurses just fine when i am laying down on my bed and relaxed. I can't do that all the time though because i have a very busy LOUD 2 year old running around as well and it does affect how she nurses and forget it when im out and about and try to nurse! I guess I just chalked it up to be losing my milk because of her behavior. And I have always had in my head that i am not going to have enough milk, like its to good to be true and it is hard when I dont have the support around me. Whenever I start to doubt myself my family is there to jump and say that yes she does need more. especially my mother in law grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!! thank you ladies once again! I am not going to supplement at all today and see how it goes. Every time I have supplemented the past 2 days I have let her nurse for as long as she wants and then I woiuld give her a bottle and then I would pump trying to get my supply up, but i guess that was unnecessary. The only thing that I know affects my supply is my period. i started 2 months post partum and I notice a change a few days before and then throughout and as soon as its over it seems like i have an abundance of milk. I really want to continue exclusively bf at least until a year!



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 09:28 AM   9
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Try not to supplement and just let her feed as she demands it.. the more you feed the more you'll make If you supplement too much, your supply will take a hit.



 
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Old Feb 25th, 2013, 09:39 AM   10
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4 months is EXACTLY when I thought I had the same issue. I was wrong!



 
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