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Can you still go by the enough wet/dirty diapers in a day rule? I'm only BF 4 times a day now and not at night. He eats 3-5 times a day and drinks water from a sippy cup. I'm assuming he's not hungry or else he'd let me know. I'm just wondering because I can't feel my let down anymore and I used to have really strong over active let down and I absolutely knew I had more than enough milk. Now I'm not so sure... I know breastmilk is still supposed to make up most of their nutrition so I'm worried he's not getting enough.
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 4 Apr 2012 12:00 PM
 24 Oct 2008
 BC
Sammers
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Do your nursing sessions still go relatively the same except you don't feel your let down? I ask because when I get AF now, my supply drops big time and I notice a difference in how DS nurses; he gets frustrated (moans/groans, sucks super hard to try and get milk out, and bites) and nursing takes longer. So I feel like if he wasn't getting enough he'd be letting you know. Oh, and FWIW we bf 4 times a day and not at night too, and he is perfectly healthy!
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 4 Apr 2012 2:34 PM
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freckle-lee
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if he wasnt getting enough, he'd be fussing at your boob.

mine only bfs 3-5 times a day now too.
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 4 Apr 2012 2:39 PM
 25 Oct 2007
 Alberta
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I found things became really random around your DS's age. Soemtimes she barely wants to nurse; other times she's attacking me at any chance. So random. I just followed her lead and made sure to OFFER every 3-4 hours or so during the day. She wants to bf hardly at all during the day if she has a cold/is teething. My DD eats solids really well, though.

I got pretty stressed out over it as I really don't want to do anything to encourage weaning at this point, but everything worked out just fine.
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 4 Apr 2012 3:07 PM
 30 Jan 2010
oneplusone
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Well, first he was sick and did not BF well, then he was fine for a day, then a couple days of nursing strikes, then I got sick. So I know I definitely had a decrease in supply. I've been doing what I can to increase it, pumping, fenugreek, heat, etc... but it's not the same. He's a little spoilt as it usually gushed into his mouth. I can't pump as much as I used to either. I know pumping isn't a great indicator of how much milk there is but I used to be able to pump a lot (like 2-3 oz) after feeding him. Now I can only get 1 oz.

Sammers - My LO sounds like yours. He is frustrated and pops on and off. He is getting a bit better and will work at it for a while, so I'm assuming his getting some while he's on there? He seems OK after but I'm not sure if he's just giving up or he's got enough? He's very impatient usually.

Samero - Yes, he's turned into a little bug now. Where did my sweet easy predictable baby go? I definitely don't want to wean either. I really want to make it to a year and then just let him wean slowly as I go back to work. He's pretty good at eating solids as well, eats them 3-5 times a day and has eaten a whole mushed up banana on several occasions so I'm sure I'm feeding him enough solids.

Kryster - I think ours are about the same age right?

Thanks everyone. Off for more pumping frown
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 4 Apr 2012 3:15 PM
 4 May 2007
 Ontario
Lakergirl89
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If you're not sure he's getting enough, I'd just make sure to offer every 3-4 hours as PP suggested.

Are you still nursing BEFORE offering solids? That's another way to ensure the majority of his diet is BM at this point.

You could always cut back a bit on how much solid food you're offering too and I'm sure he'd make up for it with nursing.

Wow - I feel so behind on solids! I only offer DS 2 meals a day - breakfast and dinner and breakfast he usually only has a couple strips of toast and a bit of fruit or some cheerios and fruit.. something like that. And he never gobbles it all up.
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 4 Apr 2012 3:25 PM
 30 Jan 2010
oneplusone
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Yes, I definitely always BF before solids. Usually right when he wakes up from his nap. My LO is a giant. I have no idea how he can eat so much. As long as your LO is growing and developing I wouldn't worry about how much he is eating.
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 4 Apr 2012 6:12 PM
 25 Oct 2007
 Alberta
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Hey - I'm about to leave, but I just wanted to say if you're getting an oz after you feed him you have more than enough! Mine was used to OALD, too, but I can pump like 1 drop after a feed and she's nice and fat.

If your baby was still hungry, he'd have no trouble getting that 1 oz out of you, and THEN he'd be all fussy wanting more.
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 4 Apr 2012 6:55 PM
 30 Jan 2010
oneplusone
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Thanks Samoreo. Why are these little people so tricky? Just when I figure him out he changes it up. I usually pump that much after he's been fussing around for 5' or so. I guess he's getting enough since he's not super fussy after. I tried to give me a top up of pumped milk and he only took 1 oz so he can't be that hungry. I think it's more that he's fussy because it's not gushing and he has to work at it. He's lazy and spoilt already I guess tongueold I tried nursing in my ring sling today too. Worked pretty good, but he'll just latch on for a few sucks and that's it. It's better than nothing and I guess he's getting a little bit that way. I should have tried it a long time ago. Best idea ever.
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 4 Apr 2012 10:06 PM
 4 May 2007
 Ontario
Lakergirl89
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Sounds like he's getting plenty then. And wow - yeah, he must be a big eater!! The milk is obviously there and he seems content, so I wouldn't worry.

I know what you mean about letdown though. I've always had a strong letdown with both kids and could always feel it. But as both got older, the letdown wasn't as noticeable. With DS, sometimes I feel the letdown and other times I don't. But I can hear him swallowing and he's always happy after a feed. And in my situation, I don't offer much solids yet, so he's obviously getting enough BM.

As for solids, I'm not worried. I've chosen to take it nice and slow just as I did with DD because I wanted to make sure both kids were getting as much BM as possible and they've both been satisfied that I didn't feel the need to increase their food intake. I plan to add lunch into his daily meals shortly after he turns a year.
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 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
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