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Breastfeeding 101

Dana
DANA
Lactation Consultant
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Feeding baby isn't always smooth sailing—especially when you're just starting out. But, no worries! We're here to support you during these first six months. (And beyond, if you need it!) Led by Dana Czuczka, Tinyhood Breastfeeding Expert and Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

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Supply decreasing up at 2 months
NIKOLE, PARENT OF 2 YEAR OLD

Hi,

My baby is 10 weeks old and the last few weeks I have noticed my breast milk isn’t filling her up. I have noticed I am not pumping as much either. I have tried increasing water, eating more salmon, drinking fenegreek and milk thistle supplements, still not producing enough. In the first few months I was producing so much I was able to get a back up freezer supply, but now that is almost gone. We have started supplementing with formula but I wasn’t wanting to do that this early.

Here is what my feeding day looks like:

- Breast feeding about 8 times a day. (Cluster feeding in the evening)

- pumping 2-3 Times a day after feeding (only getting about 1-2 ounces, use to get 3-4)

- needing to supplement formula after feeding (about 2 ounces 2-3 Times a day)

What can I do to increase my supply? Could it just be she is eating more lately? I would like to continue breast feeding but am worried I am drying up.

Thanks for your help!

HANNAH

I’m no expert but I have heard fenugreek can actually cause your supply to dry up. I was told to try brewers yeast tablets. Those actually helped me. I’ve also tried lactation cookies ones with brewers yeast, organic oats and flax seed oil! I would def look into it.

Dana
DANA

Great job mama!

Any chance you recently started a new medication or birth control?

Also, is baby sleeping longer periods at night and then eating more during
day to make up for that?

If not, it sounds like this may just be a growth spurt. If you continue to
follow her lead, nursing on demand, your body should catch up! To get the
most bonus milk after a feeding session, I would recommend pumping in the
early AM (this is when you are fullest). Also, when pumping, use your
hands a lot to help maximize your output/production. Take a look at this
video for more details on what I mean:

https://med.stanford.edu/newborns/professional-education/breastfeeding/maximizing-milk-production.html

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Pulling with nursing
JACQUELINE, PARENT OF 5 YEAR OLD, 2 YEAR OLD

Hello

My baby is almost 4 months old and is great breastfeeder! However lately sometimes she’ll be nursing and will bit down on my nipple (no teeth yet) and pull! It hurts but is tolerable. Is there a reason she could be doing this? How could I avoid her from doing it?

Thanks!

Dana
DANA

Great job on the breastfeeding!

In my experience, when a baby clamps or pulls like this during a feed it
usually has to do with milk flow -- either too fast or too slow :) If it's
right after letdown and baby seems to be coughing/chugging at breast, my
best guess is that baby is trying to slow down the flow (clamp the
straw)...in this case, leaning back a lot at beginning of feed should help
this. If it's more at end of a side/feed, my guess is babe is annoyed the
flow has slowed down. In this case, try squeezing/compressing breast to
help push more milk out. If that doesn't help, I would switch to the other
side. Hope that helps! Happy New Year!