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Breastfeeding: Your First 6 Months

Beth S.
BETH S.
Lactation Consultant
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We know breastfeeding isn't easy, that's why we are here to help. Whether you're 6 days or 6 months in, Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Beth Sanders, is here to answer all of your questions.

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Can i overfeed my baby?
JOHANA RAMOS, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Hi there. I have a 12 week baby girl! Im exclusively breastfeeding. I feed her on demand. I want to know if it is posible to overfeed her! She is very shubby and gassy. I have stopped significantly the gassynes.

Beth
BETH

Hi Johana, thank you for reaching out, and congratulations on exclusively breastfeeding for 12 weeks! The good news is, you cannot overfeed your breastfed baby! Continue feeding on demand like you already do, and she will not overfeed.
Please let me know if you have other concerns!
Beth

JOHANA RAMOS

Im glad that makes me relieved because im feeding her alot during the day because I noticed that way she sleeps 5 or 6 hrs straight at night most of the time since a few weeks now. Im I doing wrong?

Beth
BETH

It sounds like you are doing great. Keep up the great work!

JOHANA RAMOS

Thank youu!! 😁

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Cluster feedings
ERIN , PARENT OF 5 YEAR OLD, 22 MONTH OLD

I have a one week old baby girl and for the last 3 nights she has wanted to nurse from six until midnight. She will content away from the breast long enough for me to go to the bathroom but not much else. My first born didn’t ever do this so I was wondering if I should worried about my supply? Then after the cluster feeding she will sleep for 4 to five hours. Just don’t know what to do. Very tired mom.

Beth
BETH

Hi Erin, congratulations on your new baby - I hear you, you are very tired. But please let me encourage you that her feeding pattern sounds normal for a baby her age. Keep feeding her on demand as you are already doing to make sure she gets enough and to make sure your body knows how much milk to make for her. If she is having lots of wet and yellow poopie diapers, and if breastfeeding is not painful to you, then it is probably going well, and her schedule will adjust better over time. Keep up the good work! Please let me know if you have any other concerns!
Beth

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How do I get my 3 week old to open her mouth wider to feed? She cries/screams after a minute of trying to latch with a partially open mouth.
SAMANTHA, PARENT OF 22 MONTH OLD

Beth
BETH

Hi Samantha,
There are a few tricks you can try to get her mouth opened a little wider. I advise using the cross cradle hold - her diaper will be at your elbow, your arm will be parallel along side her back, and your hand will be at her shoulders with your fingers behind/ below her ears to support and guide her head.
If you are feeding on the left breast, it is your right arm that is holding your baby.
Your left hand will squish the breast into a shape that will fit into her mouth, and then tickle her nose with your nipple.
When she starts to open her mouth, *very quickly* put the nipple in her mouth.
If you start out by having the nipple by her nose (instead of at her mouth), then as you lower the nipple into her mouth, it will cause the mouth to open a bit more.
Once she is latched on, you can then do a gentle jaw tug. Just put your finger on her chin and give a little tug down while supporting her head.
Check out this video which may be helpful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l5BpqllTLg

She does not use a pillow in the video - I definitely recommend using a support pillow like My Brest Friend or Boppy.

Please let me know if you have any other concerns!
Beth