Breastfeeding issues: Can anyone help?

@GuateMom (1411)
Canada
May 29, 2007 10:04am CST
I am trying to breastfeed my new baby. Since my older son was in hospital for the first 8 days of his life and had assorted problems, he never took to breastfeeding, so I´m new to this. I have lots of milk, but my baby doesn´t ever seem to get full from it! I read that the average breastfeeding session lasts 20-30 minutes, but my son will happily nurse for an hour or more and still want more milk when I finally put him down! I´m really tired of trying to nurse 24 hours a day, especially since I have a toddler to look after and writing assignments to get done. Here, in Guatemala, people tell me that my milk is too thin and that it is because my lungs got cold. I´m not sure what that has to do with producing milk, but they insist that is the problem. Anyway, all the home remedies that they are pushing on me have done no good at all and I am forced to give my son a bottle of formula in order to fill him up enough to get him to sleep more than 10-15 minutes. Any suggestions would really be appreciated as I´m getting quite frustrated with this and considering just going with the bottle again.
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@jmcafam (2891)
• United States
29 May 07
For me with my last child this was the same thing that happened. It seemed as though the baby was never detached from me. The Dr said that was okay and normal to happen. So, just hang in there and hopefully your precious little one will give you a break every now and then.
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
29 May 07
i´m glad I´m not the only one. How long did this go on for you, did your baby eventually need less?
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• Philippines
29 May 07
I have 3 kids and all of them seem not able to get enough of my milk. Based on my experience there's really nothing bad with feeding the babies for more than 30 minutes. I think as long as we do not overfeed our babies it's fine to feed them more than the required volume. But giving them formulated milk also helps especially if you are a working mother.
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• Philippines
30 May 07
i guess babies are like that. seem always hungry. when putting him to sleep maybe you could use feeding bottle. placing him inside the crib with the bottle in his mouth. you can also play soft music. it will help him sooth to sleep.
• India
30 May 07
pls discuss with a doctor. probably because your milk is thin the baby do not get enough. doctor would prescribe some remedy to thiken your milk. regards
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
30 May 07
My son goes in for his 15 day checkup on Friday, so I will be talking to the doctor, but it is also good to get feedback from people who have already been through this! :)
@limosonia1 (1559)
• United States
29 May 07
It might be more of a comfort issue rather than that the baby is hungry. Try nursing him for 20 to 30 mins and getting a pacifier and holding him against you. If he is content and falls asleep then he just wanting to be near you. You also need to make sure that you are eating all the right foods so that they supplementing him correctly. If you are not eating right then your milk might be thin and you need to drink more milk yourself inorder to sustain the baby. Good luck I know it is frustrating and every child is different and every experience is different. Just take your time you will find what works for you.
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
29 May 07
He does like to sleep in my arms. If i put him down, he wakes up immediately. My husband has to take him, rok him a bit, and when HE puts the baby down, he stays asleep! So you might be right that it is a comfort thing, but I don´t know why he would settle more with a bottle then.