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    Question Pumping Question :)

    I have a 5 week old daughter.. I'm mostly pumping (every 2-3 hours), but also feeding her from breast occasionally (2-3 times a day).. I'm worried I'm not producing enough for her.. I've tried supplementing with 2 different kinds of formula (1 time a day/3 oz), but both make her sick (projectile vomit).. Im taking Fenugreek & Blessed Thistle, 3 of each/3 times a day.. How can i be sure she is getting enough? She always acts hungry after feeding, usually drinks all of whats pumped, between 2-4oz..

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    Default Re: Pumping Question :)

    why do you feel as though you are not producing enough milk? at 5 weeks of age babies like to nurse from 8 to 12 times a day.
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    Default Re: Pumping Question :)

    I can remember as a first time mom being freaked out that my baby was hungry all the time, so I would feed her at every little cry whimper or squirm. However, if you really watch them you will begin to figure when if they are truly hungry or just are experimenting with the hands they just found or noises they can make with their mouth. The best indicator for if they are getting enough is diaper output and if their hands relax after a feeding. Then you know if they are getting enough. Sometimes it is hard to tell when you are breastfeeding how much is going in, but trust yourself
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    Default Re: Pumping Question :)

    Is there a specific reason why you are pumping more often than nursing? A nursing baby fed on demand will maintain your supply far better than any pump. And when you are nursing you can offer at every whimper, while that's not necessarily true for bottles.
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    Default Re: Pumping Question :)

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*phi View Post
    Is there a specific reason why you are pumping more often than nursing? A nursing baby fed on demand will maintain your supply far better than any pump. And when you are nursing you can offer at every whimper, while that's not necessarily true for bottles.
    to all of this.

    How quickly is she taking in those bottles? Some babies can guzzle down a bottle pretty fast and it takes some time for the tummy and brain to sync up and realize that baby is full. Keep in mind mama that babies like to nurse or suckle for reasons other than hunger, too. How do you feel about offering her the breast more often and pumping a few times a day instead?
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    Default Re: Pumping Question :)

    Why are you pumping and not nursing? Ideally, a baby or a pump removes milk at least 10 times a day. EPing is way, way harder!
    Susan
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