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Breastfeeding Help

Dana C.
Lactation Consultant
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Does your baby seem to still be hungry after a feeding? Does your baby have trouble latching on on side but not the other? Are you breasts sensitive even after a feeding? We know that breastfeeding can be hard but Tinyhood Lactation Consultant, Dana Czuczka, is here to help!

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Supply too low?


I have a four week old. She will happily nurse for at least 30-40 minutes (switching sides while nursing) and I have been told how "great her suck and latch are" by a few Lactation consultants at the hospital. However, even after a feeding, she is still hungry. I have been supplementing with formula (originally suggested by my pediatrician) as I feel that my supply may be the issue since she is nursing for such an extensive period of time but is still hungry. Is this normal? Also, it is hard not to be influenced by all of the women online who share their massive stockpile of breastmilk in their freezers - I nurse my daughter at least 7-8 times a day and try to add one pumping session as well. When I pump, I am lucky to get 2 oz total (about 1 oz from each side). This is also making me question my supply as it is easy to find many women who claim to pump 3-4 times the amount I can. I would love some insight into if what I am experiencing is "normal" or if I do have a low supply of breastmilk. I'm worried that I'm not producing enough to keep up with what my daughter needs.


Hi Alyssa! Congratulations on your new babe! And great job so far. Every mom and baby is different! Just like everything else, it’s best to try not to compare. I would continue to nurse baby at least every 3 hours during the day (offering both sides as you are). If ya still appears hungry then of course you want to continue to feed her - youcan try switching back to the first side or you can offer her a bottle of expressed milk if you have or formula. However, if you offer bottle, i would recommend pumping or hand expressing to tell your body you need more milk. Make sense?


Weaning off nipple shield


My five week old has been using a nipple shield to nurse since day one. The hospital nurses said that since I have flatter nipples he needs to use a nipple shield to get a proper latch. I used to be successful about 50% of the time without it the first few weeks but now it seems he can’t latch on at all without it, plus he’s not opening his mouth wide enough (as if the nipple shield is as easy to latch on to as bottles). I’ve tried removing the shield partway through nursing as has been suggested before but without success and he only gets frustrated. Any other suggestions on how to wean him off the shield?


You can also try pumping for a couple minutes to pull your nipple out first.

Over next week or so, do a lot of skin to skin cuddling again (back to basics!) and see if babe will go to latch all on his own! Allow him to practice even at “non-feeding times” when he’s not starving and has more patience...